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PCSC Coaches Vote LMU Second in Preseason Poll

Senior Kirsten Slouber leads a vaunted offensive attack in 2009. (Photo by Scott Cunningham)
Senior Kirsten Slouber leads a vaunted offensive attack in 2009. (Photo by Scott Cunningham)

Jan. 15, 2009

Portland, OR - Loyola Marymount has been picked to finish second in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference in 2009, according to the preseason coaches poll, which was announced Thursday by the conference office. The six PCSC coaches voted defending champions Sacramento State first, edging LMU by two points.

Both LMU and Sacramento State received two first-place votes each. Portland State and Santa Clara each received the remaining first-place votes. Sacramento State garnered 31 total points, with LMU right behind on 29. Saint Mary's was picked third with 21 points, with Portland State fourth with 20. San Diego (14 points) and Santa Clara (11) round out the poll.

LMU returns all nine outfield starters from its 2008 team that went 38-18 overall and 13-7 in PCSC play to finish second, one game behind the champion Hornets. Included among LMU's returners are PCSC First Team selections Kirsten Slouber, Chelsie Tysdal, and J.J. Hartung.

The PCSC completed its sixth year of competition in 2008 and has had an automatic NCAA Tournament bid for its conference champion since 2006. Loyola Marymount has won three PCSC titles, 2003, 2005 and 2007. Santa Clara, 2004, Portland State, 2006, and Sacramento State, 2008, have also won conference championships. The conference is slated to expand to 12 teams starting in the 2010 season, with the addition of Cal State Bakersfield, Idaho State, Northern Colorado, Seattle University, Utah Valley University, and Weber State.

LMU opens its 2009 schedule February 5-7 at the Red Desert Classic in St. George, UT.

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