Ripon, WI -- The Beloit College Softball team, fresh off a split of their home-opening doubleheader with Wheaton College on Wednesday, have been picked to finish fifth in the North Division on the Midwest Conference Coaches Pre-Season Poll. The poll was released on Thursday by the Conference Office.
Defending Champion St. Norbert College received three first-place votes to lead the North Division poll. Ripon College received the other two first-place votes to grab second. Lawrence University was third and Carroll University fourth.
Lake Forest College received four of the five South Division first-place votes to out-distance Monmouth College, who received the final vote. Grinnell College was third and Illinois College fourth followed by Knox College.
The Buccaneers are 2-10 to date on the season. They play at UW-Platteville in a doubleheader next Tuesday before hosting Viterbo University on Thursday afternoon.
They open MWC play on Saturday, April 3, against St. Norbert College at the Strong Complex Softball Field.