Softball Bears Picked Fourth in MVC Preseason Poll

ST. LOUIS – Missouri State softball was selected to finish fourth in the annual Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll as voted by the league’s coaches, the league announced today.
Ahead of the Bears are preseason favorite Northern Iowa, which received nine first-place votes and 140 points, Murray State with one first-place vote and 126 points, and Southern Illinois with 103 points.
Missouri State collected 95 total points to slot into the fourth position, as Drake and UIC, which were picked to finish seventh and 11th respectively, each received a first-place vote.
The Bears finished last season with a 28-20 overall record and finished second in the MVC regular season standings with an 18-7 conference ledger, before winning the MVC Tournament title and advancing to the program’s seventh NCAA Tournament. MSU earned a 2-0 shutout victory against Illinois in the Columbia regional prior to capping its season with a hard-fought, 0-2, loss to No. 15 seed Missouri.
Missouri State did not have any players named to the preseason all-conference team.
The Bears will kick off the 2023 campaign on February 10th at the Lion Classic I hosted by Southeastern Louisiana. MSU will take on Nicholls at 3 p.m. CT before facing Southeastern Louisiana at 5 p.m. CT to open the regular season.
Preseason Poll

  1. UNI (9)              140
  2. Murray St. (1)   126
  3. Southern Ill.     103
  4. Missouri St.     95
  5. Illinois State     94
  6. Belmont           90
  7. Drake (1)          79
  8. Indiana State    64
  9. Bradley             51
  10.  Evansville        37
  11.  UIC (1)             34
  12.  Valparaiso        20

Preseason All-Conference Team
Isabella Henning, Indiana State           1B
Emme Olson, Illinois State                   2B
Rylie Hamilton, Southern Illinois          3B
Gracie Osbron, Murray State               SS
Emmy Wells, UNI                                 C
Abbott Badgley, Bradley                       UT/P
Emily Valtman, Drake                           DP/UT-NP
Mya Dodge, UNI                                   OF
Madison Parks, UNI                             OF
Elizabeth Warwick, Southern Illinois    OF
Kailyn Packard, UNI                             P
Hannah James, Murray State              P

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