Ripon, WI -- The Beloit College Softball team, preparing to open the 2011 season at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Florida, have been picked to finish fifth in the North Division on the Midwest Conference Coaches Pre-Season Poll. The poll was released on Wednesday by the Conference Office.
Defending Champion St. Norbert College received three first-place votes to lead the North Division poll. Ripon College and Lawrence University split the last two first-place votes, with RC ranking second and LU third. Carroll was slotted fourth.
Lake Forest College received three of the four South Division first-place votes to out-distance Monmouth College, who received the other two first-place votes. Illinois College ranked third, Knox College fourth and Grinnell College fifth.
The Buccaneers open the season this Sunday, March 6, when they play Mount St. Joseph College and Baldwin-Wallace College in the afternoon.