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Mountain Lions Softball Picked Ninth In WVIAC Preseason Poll

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The Concord University softball team was picked to finish in ninth place in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference this season, as announced in the WVIAC Preseason Coaches poll released by the league office Wednesday.

Defending WVIAC Tournament Champion, West Virginia Wesleyan was tabbed to win the league after receiving 10 of 14 first-place votes and a total of 190 points. West Virginia State garnered three first-place votes and 182 points to occupy second place. Rounding out the top-five was Charleston (one first-place vote / 162 points), Shepherd (158 points) and Fairmont State (146 points).

Seton Hill (114 points), Alderson-Broaddus (113 points), Ohio Valley (90 points), the Mountain Lions (73 points) and Glenville State (71 points) made up the bottom half of the top-10. West Liberty (64), Davis & Elkins (61 points), Wheeling Jesuit (32 points) and Bluefield State (14 points) accounted for spots 11-14, respectively.

The Mountain Lions finished 20-29 overall and 9-16 in the WVIAC in 2012 under head coach Alisa Tasler, who returns for her second season in 2013. Concord ended last year on a three-game winning streak, narrowly missing qualifying for the WVIAC Tournament.

Concord returns six players who started at least 35 games a season ago including All-WVIAC performer's sophomore pitcher/outfielder Lacey McDougall and senior outfielder Becca Gleason.

McDougall earned second team all-league honors as a freshman after hitting .390 with 17 runs scored, three home runs and 31 RBI. She also pitched in 21 games, finishing with a record of 7-6, 33 strikeouts and a 5.06 ERA.

Gleason was an honorable mention All-WVIAC selection in 2012. For the year, she batted .333 with 24 runs, two home runs and 14 RBI. Gleason's .967 fielding percentage was second on team of players with at least 100 chances.

The Mountain Lions begin their 2013 campaign 1:00 p.m. Feb. 3 in game one of a scheduled doubleheader at Fayetteville State.