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Regents Tabbed 10th in Opening NAC Softball Poll

Thursday, February 19, 2009  
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Waukesha, WI. – On Tuesday, the Northern Athletics Conference released its coaches’ preseason poll for the upcoming 2009 softball season.  Aurora was selected to win the conference for the 3 consecutive season.  Aurora is has lost only 2 NAC games over the past 2 seasons.  The Regents were tabbed to finish tenth.  Last season, Rockford finished ninth in the NAC with a 13-23 overall record and 9-15 in the conference.  Rockford ended last season strong, winning five of their last six games by an average margin of victory of 7.4 runs.  They will be looking to build on that strong finish early this season.        

The Regents return a pair of award winners from last season’s team: All-Conference selection Jessica Starr (Evergreen Park, IL/ Evergreen Park) and All-Rookie selection Aria Routsi (Zion, IL/ Zion-Benton). Starr led the Regents in numerous offensive categories last year including: batting average, at bats, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, runs batted in, total bases, slugging percentage, and on base percentage.  Rockford will look for her to lead them again this season.     

The Regents enter NAC play looking to improve on last season.  This season, Rockford’s roster is one of experience, including four seniors and four juniors, making up nearly eighty percent of the roster.  Rockford College will open the 2009 season on Sunday, March 8, when they travel to Fort Myers, Florida.  The Regents will open with a game against Olivet College on Sunday, March 8, at 8:00 a.m. EST.  The Regents will host their first game of 2009 (weather permitting) on Sunday, April 5 at 12:00 p.m., when they welcome MSOE for a double-header. 

2009 NAC Softball Coaches' Preseason Poll
1.  Aurora University (8), 164
2.  Benedictine University (3), 150
3.  Marian University (1), 140
4.  Lakeland College, 123
5.  Edgewood College, 119
6.  Concordia University Wisconsin (1), 112
7.  Wisconsin Lutheran College, 83
8.  Concordia University Chicago, 68
     Dominican University, 68
10. Rockford College, 63
11. Alverno College, 51
12. Maranatha Baptist Bible College, 25
13. MSOE, 17
(First place votes in parentheses)

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