COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagle softball team was picked to finish in second place in the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference softball race. The poll is conducted by the head coaches from the OVC.
“Hopefully it is a sign that other coaches in the OVC respect our program,” head coach Tory Acheson said. “We are working as hard as we can to try to meet the expectations that we have set for our program.”
Jacksonville State was picked to finish first in the preseason poll receiving eight first-place votes en route to 97 points. Tech followed with 80 points, receiving two first-place votes. UT Martin came in third with 78 votes, while OVC newcomer SIU Edwardsville earned 68 points to round off the top four.
Eastern Illinois and Morehead State came in a tie for fifth place with 63 points, with EIU receiving one first-place vote. Rounding out the poll are Murray State (54 points), Southeast Missouri (40 points), Eastern Kentucky (32 points), Austin Peay (16 points) and Tennessee State (14 points).
The Golden Eagles begin their 2011 season Feb. 12, as they take part in the Georgia State Tournament in Atlanta.
1. Jacksonville State (Eight first-place votes) 97
2. Tennessee Tech (Two first-place votes) 80
3. UT Martin 78
4. SIU Edwardsville 68
t5. Eastern Illinois (One first-place vote) 63
t5. Morehead State 63
7. Murray State 54
8. Southeast Missouri 40
9. Eastern Kentucky 32
10. Austin Peay 16
11. Tennessee State 14