SIU Softball Picked First in MVC Preseason Poll

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CARBONDALE -- The SIU softball team was picked to finish in a tie for first place in the Missouri Valley Conference's preseason poll released Wednesday.

The Salukis received 85 points and two first-place votes to tie with the Illinois State Redbirds for the top spot.

SIU is coming off its 16th-straight 30 win season. The Dawgs return 12 letterwinners, including seven position starters and three pitchers, from a team that went 36-20 and made it to the MVC Tournament championship game last season.

SIU also had four players named to the preseason All-Conference team, including Cobden native Taylor Orsburn and Hardin County product Jayna Spivey. Also named to that list were junior Allie VadeBoncouer and senior Morgan Barchan.
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