Softball picked to finish second in SCAC Eastern Division

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The 2010 Birmingham-Southern softball team was picked to finish second in the Eastern Division of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference in this year's preseason poll, as voted by the league's head coaches.

The Panthers received 22 points and two first-place votes, one point shy of first-place DePauw. BSC went 32-5 in 2009 and returns eight players from last season, including sophomore Ashley Bice, who led the team with a .455 batting average, and senior Jena Franks, who led the team with seven home runs. Senior pitcher Tori Harris also returns after going 7-2 last year with a 1.02 ERA and five shutouts.

BSC opens its season this weekend on the road at the Emory Invitational, taking on Greensboro College and Emory, Saturday and Sunday.

Click here for the entire preseason poll at the SCAC web site.