Phoenix softball selected 5th in MSC Preseason Coaches' Poll
Friday, January 10, 2020
Phoenix softball selected 5th in MSC Preseason Coaches' Poll
Senior Tyra Graham returns for the Phoenix in the 2020 season. (Credit: Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn.- Cumberland University softball was selected fifth in the Mid-South Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll announced today by the league office.

Head coach Heather Stanfill begins her 12th season with the Phoenix and returns five starters from last year’s club that finished 26-22 overall, 11-15 in conference action. Senior Tyra Graham and junior Madison Woodruff both earned First Team All-Mid-South accolades last season.

Graham led the Phoenix in 11 offensive categories hitting .384 with 10 doubles, eight home runs and 24 RBIs while stealing 28 bases and scoring 45 runs. Woodruff batted .362 with five doubles, two home runs and a team-high 25 RBIs.

Graham batted .426 with 20 doubles, six home runs, 37 RBIs and 62 runs scored while stealing 35 bases in 59 contests. She ranked sixth nationally in runs scored, seventh in hits (87), 11th in doubles and 13th in total bases (129) and stolen bases.

Lindsey Wilson was selected as the favorite to win the conference after making a trip to the NAIA World Series a year ago. The Blue Raiders received 49 voting points and seven first-place votes.

Campbellsville and the University of the Cumberlands ties for second place, both teams earning 40 points while Cumberlands received the remaining first-place vote. Georgetwon was selected fourth with 30 points. 

The Phoenix come in at fifth with 24 points and Shawnee State ranked sixth with 17 points. MSC newcomer Thomas More was selected seventh with 14 points and Pikeville rounds out the poll with 10 points.

The Phoenix open the 2020 against Bluefield at home on February 15th and 16th. Conference play is slated to start on March 13th at home versus Georgetown.

 

2020 Mid-South Conference Softball Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Pos.

Team

Points (First-Place Votes)

2019 Record (MSC)

1.

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

49 (7)

52-5 (21-1)

T-2.

Campbellsville (Ky.)

40

35-15 (16-8)

 

Cumberlands (Ky.)

40 (1)

32-21 (17-11)

4.

Georgetown (Ky.)

30

26-21 (12-10)

5.

Cumberland (Tenn)

24

26-22 (11-15)

6.

Shawnee State (Ohio)

17

23-22 (8-16)

7.

Thomas More

14

34-11 (N/A*)

8.

Pikeville

10

26-24 (7-15)

*First Year of MSC play