Saints softball team third in Liberty League preseason poll
The St. Lawrence University softball team was tabbed in finish third in the 2014 Liberty League preseason coaches' poll with 27 points. Rochester, the 2013 regular-season champion, was picked to finish first with 34 points and four first-place votes, while tournament championship RPI was slated second (32 – 3).
Rochester finished the 2013 season with a 23-19 overall record and went 8-2 in league play, while RPI boasted a 26-15 record and 7-3 record in conference. Both teams return a Player of the Year from a season ago in the Yellowjackets' Nina Korn and Engineers Gillian McCarthy.The Saints return five All-League performers from the 2013 campaign during which they finished 22-17 overall – establishing a new single-season victory record – and went 6-4 against conference opponents. All-league returners include first team selections Natasha Bell and Kyle Plimpton, second-teamer Leslie Stratton and honorable mentions Rebecca Allen and Aisha O'Connor.
Plimpton is also the reigning Liberty League Pitcher of the Year, after she led the league with a 1.63 ERA, 194 strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .209. She finished with an 11-10 record and allowed just 34 earned runs in 145 2/3 innings.
The Saints and second-year head coach Elisa Van Kirk will open the season with a game against Heidelberg on March 8 in Clermont, Fla.