January 31, 2008

Bloomsburg Softball Ranked 12th in Preseason Poll

BLOOMSBURG - The Bloomsburg University women's softball team is ranked 12th in the nation according to the 2008 National Fast Pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II Top 25 preseason poll.

The Huskies finished with a record of 38-15 a year ago and advanced to the second round of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships. The Huskies are buoyed by three returning all-PSAC selections in Ashley Lynn (Riverside/Danville), Stacey Krupiewski (Trooper/Methacton) and Nikki Shiko (Kulpmont/Southern Columbia).

Lynn, a senior, appeared in 34 games last season for the Huskies, compiling a 22-7 record with a 1.21 ERA. She ranked third in the conference in wins and fourth in strikeouts. She was also named PSAC player of the week two times.

Krupiewski, a junior, started 31 games for the Huskies, hitting .288 with three home runs and 21 runs batted in. She was also one of Bloomsburg's top defensive players.

Shiko, a sophomore, had a breakout freshman season in which she hit .364 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 118 plate appearances. She also stole ten bases and had a slugging percentage of .534, both team-highs.

Last season's national runner-up Lock Haven received one first place vote and is ranked second in the pre-season poll. PSAC Eastern Division rival Kutztown is ranked 21st , while Shippensburg fell just outside the top 25.

Bloomsburg opens their 2008 campaign on March 8th against Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia.

2008 NFCA Division II Preseason Top-25 Poll

1. SIU Edwardsville (7)
2. Lock Haven (1)
3. Columbus State
4. Florida Southern
5. Angelo State
6. Humboldt State
7. Nebraska-Omaha
8. LIU-C.W. Post
9. St. Mary's (Texas)
10. Cal State Stanislaus
11. Emporia State
12. Bloomsburg
13. Grand Valley State
14. Alabama-Huntsville
15. Valdosta State
16. North Georgia
17. Midwestern State
18. Seattle
19. Adelphi
20. Wayne State
21. Kutztown
22. SW Minnesota State
23. Georgia College & State
24. Rollins
25. Ferris State