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February 10, 2010

2010 Season - Softball picked for third in CCIW

The Augustana Vikings have been picked for third place in the 2010 preseason College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin softball poll, it was announced today. Veteran head coach Kris Kistler's team garnered 39 points in the poll after finishing the 2009 season with a 28-14 overall record and 9-5 mark in the CCIW, good for third place.

Defending champion Illinois Wesleyan (37-6 and 14-0) is the preseason favorite to repeat its championship. The Titans collected 46 points and four first place votes. North Central (27-12 and 10-4) placed second with 44 points and three first place votes, followed by Augustana in third with 39 points and one first place vote. Carthage (25-12 and 7-7) grabbed the fourth spot with 31 points. Wheaton (18-21 and 5-9) was fifth with 20 points. Elmhurst (14-22 and 2-12) and Millikin (16-24 and 5-9) tied for sixth with 16 points and North Park (12-18 and 4-10) was eighth with 12 points.

Augustana will open the 2010 season on February 27 with a game against Oneonta State in Clermont, Florida.

Voting in the preseason poll is done by the softball coaches in the CCIW. Each coach votes for the seven other schools in the conference in order of predicted finish. Points are assigned in reverse order of voting (seven points for first, six for second, etc.). Coaches may not vote for their own team.

2010 CCIW COACHES POLL

RANK

TEAM

POINTS ( FIRST PLACE VOTES)

1.

Illinois Wesleyan

46 (4)

2.

North Central

44 (3)

3.

AUGUSTANA

39 (1)

4.

Carthage

31

5.

Wheaton

20

6. (tie)

Elmhurst

16

6. (tie)

Millikin

16

8.

North Park

12

 

2009 CCIW FINAL STANDINGS

 

CCIW

CCIW

CCIW

OVERALL

OVERALL

OVERALL

SCHOOL

WIN

LOSS

PCT.

WIN

LOSS

PCT.

Illinois Wesleyan

14

0

1.000

37

6

.860

North Central

10

4

.714

27

12

.692

AUGUSTANA

9

5

.643

28

14

.667

Carthage

7

7

.500

25

12

.676

Wheaton

5

9

.357

18

21

.462

Millikin

5

9

.357

16

24

.400

North Park

4

10

.286

12

18

.400

Elmhurst

2

12

.143

14

22

.389