COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (January 31, 2017) – The Colorado State University Softball team was picked to finish fifth in the 2017 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, released Tuesday.
CSU-Pueblo garnered 72 points overall in the poll and have their eyes set on a twelfth straight appearance in the RMAC Tournament.
Colorado Mesa University was picked to finish atop the standings, receiving 118 total points and eight first-place votes.
MSU Denver garnered 114 points overall and four first-place votes, was tabbed second.
Colorado Christian's Charlotte Romero was selected RMAC Preseason Player of the Year and McKenzie Surface of Colorado Mesa was chosen RMAC Preseason Pitcher of the Year.
Chadron State was selected third, followed by CCU and the Pack.
Last season Turney led the ThunderWolves offensively batting .356 and collecting 62 hits. Smith finished with a team high 14 doubles and Martindale smacked five homeruns at the plate while tossing 48.0 innings in the pitchers circle for the Pack.
Last season the trio helped lead CSU-Pueblo to an eleven game win streak which included clinching their eleven consecutive trip to the RMAC Tournament.
While at the RMAC Tournament and following a first round loss to MSU Denver, the Pack collected four wins in a row including a win over tourney host Colorado Mesa to earn a spot in the finals before falling versus MSU Denver.
CSU-Pueblo opens the 2017 campaign Feb. 9-11 in St. George, Utah at the Dixie State Tournament. The ThunderWolves will face Central Washington, Dixie State, Concordia (Ore.), Western NM and Concordia (Cal.)
The Pack open at home against Colorado Christian in a nonconference home-home doubleheader Thursday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. in Pueblo and close the weekend Sunday, Feb. 19 at CCU.
CSU-Pueblo begins conference play on the road Feb. 25-26 at MSU Denver. The conference home portion of the schedule begins Mar. 4-5 versus Black Hills State.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.