BSU garnered 33 points in this season’s version of the preseason poll, four points ahead of Minnesota-Crookston and nine points behind sixth-place Northern State.
Concordia-St. Paul earned six first-place votes in the poll en route to 68 points and the number one preseason ranking. CSP was also ranked no. 5 in the nation in the 2006 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Preseason poll. Concordia finished last season with a 44-15 overall record after winning the NSIC tournament and playing their way into the NCAA Elite Eight Tournament. Winona State was tabbed second by the Coaches’ Poll only four points behind CSP, with two first-place votes and 65 points.
MSU-Moorhead and Southwest Minnesota State were picked fourth and fifth, respectively, while Wayne State was chosen to finish fifth.
Also released by the NSIC today, sophomore outfielder Jamie Docken (Owatonna, Minn.) was selected as a 2006 NSIC Player to Watch after notching a .297 batting average including a home run and 14 RBI, while starting all 39 games for BSU.
Bemidji State will open the 2006 season on March 13, with a 10-game southern spring break trip in Cocoa Beach, Fla., starting with Delaware Valley College . The team is scheduled to play the first of six home dates on April 5th when they host the University of Minnesota-Morris in a doubleheader. BSU will kick off NSIC regular season play in Southern Crossover in Marshall, Minn. on April 8-9.
Northern Sun Intercollegiate
|1.||Concordia-St. Paul (6)||69|
|2.||Winona State (2)||65|
|4.||Southwest Minnesota State||54|
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