Concordia University is picked to finish sixth in the 2011 GPAC preseason softball poll. The Bulldogs totaled 72 points in the poll.
Morningside College, champions of both the GPAC regular season and post season titles in 2010, is the coaches’ choice to win the 2011 GPAC softball title. The Mustangs totaled 121 points and 11 first place votes in the poll. Morningside went 40-9 and made their third straight appearance at the NAIA National Tournament in 2010.
Nebraska Wesleyan is second in the poll with 107 points, while Midland University is third with 95 points and the final first place vote. Hastings College (85) and Doane College (80) are ahead of Concordia in fourth and fifth, respectively.
Dordt College is just behind Concordia in seventh place with 71 points. Briar Cliff University (48), Northwestern College (38) and Dakota Wesleyan (32) round out the top 10, while Sioux Falls (29) and Mount Marty (14) complete the 2011 preseason poll.
Concordia returns several key members from last year’s squad that posted a 24-18 overall record. The Bulldogs were 12-12 in conference play a year ago.
The GPAC softball season will consist of 22 games (11 doubleheaders) and will conclude with the GPAC postseason tournament from May 5-7 in Sioux City.