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The softball season begins Feb. 21 with games against Arkansas and Florida Gulf Coast.
Big Sky releases softball preseason coaches' polls
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Updated: Tuesday 01/17/2014 09:33:29 (ET)
by Ross LaDue, UND Media Relations
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The 2013 co-regular-season champion Idaho State was selected as the favorite in the 2013 Big Sky softball preseason coaches' poll, the conference announced Wednesday.

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
Rk Team Points
1 Idaho State 35 (5)
2 Sacramento State 28 (1)
3 Southern Utah 26 (1)
4 Portland State 24
5 Northern Colorado 15
6 Weber State 13
7 North Dakota 6
(Number of first place votes in parenthesis)
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