Owls Picked to Finish 5th in Sun Belt Preseason Poll

Feb. 7, 2011

BOCA RATON, FL - The Florida Atlantic softball team was picked to finish 5th in the Sun Belt in a preseason poll of the league's head coaches.

The Owls finished fourth in the Sun Belt last season and will have to overcome the loss of two-time All-Sun Belt shortstop Blair Bodenmiller and Second Team All-Sun Belt center fielder Jessica Myers from last season.

Reigning champion Louisiana-Lafayette was picked first, followed by FIU and Troy. North Texas was picked to finish fourth, followed by FAU, South Alabama, ULM Western Kentucky, and Middle Tennessee.

Senior catcher Kerri Croney was named to the preseason all-conference team. Croney led the team in triples (four), doubles (eight) and tied for the team lead with 24 hits.

The Owls open the 2011 season at the NTC Elite Invitational in Clermont, FL where they play Chattanooga and Georgia Tech on Friday.

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