The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) recently release their Preseason Coaches Poll and the Lady Eagles were picked to finish fourth in the East division. The team also picked up one first place vote.
Bloomsburg and Shippensburg each received three first place votes and were predicted to finish first and second in the division, respectively. Ahead of Lock Haven, in the third spot, was West Chester University who also earned one first place vote.
Sophomores McKenna Garlock and Paige Stuppy return to the team after earning
All-PSAC honors during their freshman seasons. Garlock played in all 45 games, including 44 starts and hit .279 with an on-base percentage (OBP) of .353. Stuppy will look to build on her success that she enjoyed to close out the 2014 season. Once she was inserted into the lineup in April, Stuppy hit .344 with 14 runs scored and seven stolen bases.
In addition to Garlock and Stuppy, the team will have redshirt senior Nicole Smith, a former PSAC Central Freshman of the Year award winner.
Rachel Mouillesseaux, a sophomore, is yet another Lady Eagle that enjoyed success late last season. She won 9 of her last 15 decisions and trimmed her earned run average (ERA) from 3.89 to 2.93 over that same time span.
Last season the ladies finished fifth in the conference with a 19-26 overall record while going 12-15 in PSAC play and they will certainly look to improve upon that record in 2015.