The third spot in the 2016 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Central Division Preseason Coaches’ Poll belongs to the Lock Haven University softball team.
The Bald Eagles sit behind Bloomsburg, who picked up five of the six first-place votes, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). The remaining first place vote went to Lock Haven, despite being picked to finish third.
Head coach Kelly Shannon and her team will look to improve upon last season’s 15-27 (11-17 in PSAC) overall record.
Junior 1B/C McKenna Garlock, who was an All-PSAC performer last season, will return after leading the Bald Eagles in several offensive categories. Garlock started in all 42 games and had a .336 AVG (.413 in PSAC) with a .370 OBP (.444 in PSAC). Both marks lead the team, minimum 10 at-bats. She was also first on the team in doubles (12), second in RBI (15) and in runs scored (15). She wasn’t too bad with the glove either, posting a .989 fielding percentage.
On the mound, Rachel Mouillesseaux enters her third season in a Bald Eagle uniform. Like Garlock, she was an All-PSAC player last season. Mouillesseaux made appearances in 31 games with 21 of them being starts. She tossed a team-high 158 innings due in large part to her 15 complete games. In those 158 innings, she struck out 136 batters. Her eight wins were enough to lead the team and she also recorded a 2.61 ERA.
The Bald Eagles will open their season on Feb. 19 against New Haven in the Snowbird Softball Freeze Out at noon. Following that matchup, they will then take on Molloy at 2 p.m.
Over the course of the next two days they will take on Wilmington University, Felician College, Merrimack College and Lemoyne College.
Those games, which will be played in Myrtle Beach, S.C., are a precursor for the 2016 Spring Games which will be held in Clermont, Fla. from March 4-12. A game with Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla. is mixed in on March 8.
The Warriors of East Stroudsburg travel to Lock Haven to take on the Bald Eagles at Lawrence Field on March 19 to open conference play.
AVG: McKenna Garlock (.336)HR: Nicole Smith (7)
OBP: McKenna Garlock (.370) RBI: Nicole Smith (20)
Runs scored: Sarah Schwalm (19) SB: Paige Stuppy (7)
2B: McKenna Garlock (12) 3B: Nicole Smith (2)
ERA: Jessie Probst (2.38) W: Rachel Mouillesseaux (8)
IP: Rachel Mouillesseaux (158.0) SO: Rachel Mouillesseaux (136)
CG: Rachel Mouillesseaux (15) SHO: Jessie Probst (5)
AVG: Rachel Mouillesseaux (.250) BB/9: Rachel Mouillesseaux (2.73)