Womens Softball

Stanford picked 6th, in Pac-12 Conference

Date of competition: Monday, February 4, 2013

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The Stanford softball team was picked to finish sixth in a vote of the Pac-12 preseason coaches' poll.

The Cardinal finished 40-19 last year, making its 15th consecutive postseason appearance.

Stanford posted its 13th 40-win season under head coach John Rittman and had seven players named to the various All-Pac-12 teams.

The team finished sixth in the competitive Pac-12 Conference and ended the year ranked No. 20.

Three conference teams return from Women's College World Series appearances, while six teams are coming off trips to an NCAA Super Regional.

Seven of the nine Pac-12 teams were ranked in both of the nation's two major softball preseason polls. Stanford is ranked No. 20 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and No. 21 by the NFCA.

Stanford returns 13 letter winners from last year's squad, including 2012 All-American Jenna Rich. Also returning in 2013 are seniors Sarah Hassman and Teagan Gerhart, junior Corey Hanewich and sophomores Cassandra Roulund, Leah White, Nyree White and Hanna Winter, who have all received all-conference accolades during their careers.

Stanford opens the season on Thursday, at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The Cardinal meet Bradley at 3 p.m.

Pac-12 Preseason Coaches' Poll
1, California
2, Arizona State
3, Oregon
4, Washington
5, Arizona
6, Stanford
8, Oregon State
9, Utah

posted by Rick on Feb 4, 2013 at 8:14 pm

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