North Dakota, who finished last season 2-10 in Big Sky competition, was slated seventh in the poll. UND returns 13 letterwinners, including five positional starters and one starting pitcher.
Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams in the preseason poll. Idaho State received five first-place votes for a total of 35 points. After going 14-4 in the Big Sky last year, Idaho State was a co-regular season champion, earning the right to host the inaugural Big Sky softball championship. The Bengals return the 2013 Player of the Year in Vicky Galasso, and the 2013 Freshman of the Year, Maddy Hickman. Idaho State ended the 2013 season with a 29-23 record
The softball season begins on Feb. 21, as UND travels to Fort Myers, Fla., for the Florida Gulf Coast Tournament.
|2014 Big Sky Softball Preseason Poll|
|1||Idaho State||35 (5)|
|2||Sacramento State||28 (1)|
|3||Southern Utah||26 (1)|
|(Number of first place votes in parenthesis)|