Rollins Picked To Win 2011 SSC Softball Crown
Rollins has been selected as the preseason favorite to defend its Sunshine State Conference softball title in 2011.
The Tars, who amassed a 23-1 conference mark en route to the 2010 SSC championship, received 16 first-place votes in a preseason poll conducted among the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. Compiling 192 points, Rollins picked up every possible first-place nod, as voters do not rank their own teams.
Tampa was picked to finish second in the league standings, garnering 149 points and one first-place vote. Nova Southeastern claimed the remaining first-place vote and received 139 points in the poll.
Barry was only one point shy of NSU in the fourth slot with 138 points. Close behind the Buccaneers was Florida Southern, which ranked fifth in the poll with 131 points.
Saint Leo tallied 78 points to place sixth in the rankings. Florida Tech was seventh with 68 points. Lynn (53) and Eckerd (24) rounded out the poll.
Rollins returns eight starters from last season’s squad, including sophomore Kirsten Frame, who was named SSC Pitcher and Freshman of the Year in her debut season last spring. Frame amassed a 31-3 record with a 1.32 ERA and 323 strikeouts.
Frame will be joined in the Tar lineup by four returning All-SSC players. Senior catcher Christine Roser, senior first baseman Jessica Moreland, and junior second baseman Krista Rodden all earned first-team all-conference honors in 2010. Senior shortstop Amber Pederson picked up second-team accolades last season.
Roser led the Tars in 2010 with a .409 batting average, 57 runs, and 12 home runs. Rodden batted .397 with a team-leading 56 RBI. Moreland chipped in 54 RBI while batting .344, and Pederson racked up 57 runs with a .346 average and 19 stolen bases.
2011 SUNSHINE STATE CONFERENCE PRESEASON SOFTBALL POLL
Rank – Team, Points (1st Place Votes)
1 – Rollins, 192 (16)
2 – Tampa, 149 (1)
3 – Nova Southeastern, 139 (1)
4 – Barry, 138
5 – Florida Southern, 131
6 – Saint Leo, 78
7 – Florida Tech, 68
8 – Lynn, 53
9 – Eckerd, 24