Guilford Tabbed Third in Preseason ODAC Poll

Greensboro, N.C. (2/14/11) -- Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) softball coaches picked Guilford College third in their preseason poll, the highest ranking in the Quakers' history.  Guilford's five first-place votes were the most of any team in the ODAC, and Guilford received 77 points. Six-time ODAC champion Lynchburg College sits atop the poll with 85 points and two of the 10 first-place votes. Roanoke College was picked second with 80 points and one first-place vote. Bridgewater College sits in fourth place with 73 points and one first-place vote. Reigning ODAC champion Eastern Mennonite College is ranked sixth, and received the last first-place vote.

Guilford's softball team enters its ninth season with fifth-year head coach Dennis Shores after one of the most successful seasons in program history. The Quakers finished with a 28-12-1 record in 2010, 13-5 in the ODAC.  Shores returns eight starters and 13 letter winners from last year's squad.

Junior outfielder Kimberly Keys (Hamlet, N.C./Richmond Senior), a 2010 First Team All-ODAC pick, is back after hitting .463 with team-highs in runs batted in (46) and hits (63).  She is joined by senior outfielder Courtney Kozar (Laurens, S.C./District 55), who returns after hitting .403 while getting walked a team-high 16 times. Senior Julie Langseth (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) led the ODAC in home runs(10), and led Guilford in slugging percentage (.693). 

Junior pitchers Jessica Burcham (Lexington, N.C./South Davidson) and Shelby Bowser (Winston-Salem, N.C./Ledford) also return for the Quakers.  Burcham was third in the ODAC with 101 strikeouts over 99.1 innings pitched, and Bowser was fourth in the ODAC in walks allowed, walking only 24 batters in 91.1 innings.

The Quakers open the 2011 season Saturday Feb. 19 at Ferrum College at 2:00 p.m.  Guilford's first home contest comes against ODAC-rival Randolph-Macon College March 13.

 

2011 ODAC Softball Preseason Poll
(#) denotes first place votes
Rank
Team
Points
1
Lynchburg (2)
85
2
Roanoke (1)
80
3
Guilford (5)      
77
4
Bridgewater (1)  
73
5
Virginia Wesleyan
66
6
Eastern Mennonite (1)
58
7
Randolph-Macon
50
8
Randolph  
31
9
Emory & Henry
17
10
Sweet Briar  
13