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2002 ASC Softball Preseason Coaches Polls Released
January 9, 2002

Richardson, Texas - Two-time defending ASC Tournament champion East Texas Baptist is the pick to win the East Division in the 2002 ASC Softball Preseason Coaches Poll. ETBU has registered an impressive 31-1 conference mark over the last two seasons. Louisiana College is the coaches pick to finish second and earn a return trip to the conference postseason tournament.

ETBU senior pitcher Alicia Taylor is the choice for Preseason Player of the Year. She was named the East Division Newcomer of the Year last season after finishing with a 11-3 record and 0.86 ERA with 121 strikeouts in 89.2 innings pitched.

East Division Preseason Coaches Poll

Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total Points
1. East Texas Baptist 4 2 - - - - 34
2. Louisiana College 2 2 2 - - - 30
3. Mississippi College - 1 2 3 - - 22
4. Univ. Ozarks - 1 - 1 3 1 15
     UT-Dallas - - 2 - 3 1 15
6. LeTourneau - - - 2 - 4 10

Defending West Division Champion Howard Payne and Mary Hardin-Baylor are tied for the top spot in the West Division in the coaches poll. HPU went 0-2 in last year's postseason tournament while UMHB lost to ETBU in the championship game. The Lady Crusaders have played in the championship game in two of the three ASC postseason tournaments.

HPU senior pitcher Alisha Kirk has been tabbed as the West Division's Preseason Player of the Year. She was an All-Conference pick last season, finishing with a 17-10 record and an 1.81 ERA and a .417 batting average with 27 runs scored.

West Division Preseason Coaches Poll

Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total Points
1. Howard Payne 3 2 1 - - - 32
     Mary Hardin-Baylor 3 2 1 - - - 32
3. Schreiner - 1 1 4 - - 21
4. Texas Lutheran - 1 1 2 2 - 19
5. Concordia - - 2 - 3 1 15
6. Sul Ross State - - - - 1 5 7


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