TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- The
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology softball team has been
picked to finish sixth in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic
Conference this season, in a preseason poll of league coaches
The Fightin' Engineers received 34 poll points to
place sixth in the poll. The top four finishers will qualify
for the HCAC Softball Tournament in May.
Anderson University earned the top spot with 76 points
and six first-place votes. Transylvania University was
picked second with 73 points and a pair of first-place votes.
Bluffton received the remaining first place vote and was picked
third, followed by Defiance and Manchester. Rose-Hulman was
picked sixth, with Mount St. Joseph, Hanover and Franklin rounding
out the projections.
Rose-Hulman finished sixth in the HCAC last season with an
overall record of 13-21. The Fightin' Engineers finished 6-10
in conference play.
Offensively, Rose-Hulman returns six offensive starters and two
of the team's three pitchers from the 2011 season. The
Fightin' Engineers also feature seven freshmen who will immediate
compete for playing time.
Rose-Hulman opens the season in Florida on February 27.