Southeastern softball picked to finish first in GAC
DURANT, Okla. (SE) - Coming off a National Semi-Final appearance last season, Southeastern has been tabbed as the preseason favorite to win its third-straight regular season Great American Conference championship according to the 2015 preseason poll released on Wednesday.
The Savage Storm put together a 45-20 record in 2014 with a 28-11 GAC mark, winning the regular season championship, but falling short of its goal to repeat as the tournament champions.
SE advanced to the Central regional as a No. 7 seed and made the trek to Mankato, Minn., for the second-straight season.
However, this time the Storm clicked on all cylinders winning the regional in an "if game" against Emporia State before sweeping Augustana on its home field in the Super Regional to earn the program's first bid to the NCAA National Finals.
Southeastern dropped its first game there but continued to battle, winning a pair of games in the loser's bracket before falling in the semi-final to Valdosta State.
The Storm will look to pick up where they left off and will do so with a vast majority of the team that made that run still intact.
The team returns its top four hitters including All-American and GAC Player of the Year Jessica Simmons who hit .413 and stole a league best 38 bases.