The Youngstown State softball team was predicted to finish second in the Horizon League in a preseason poll of the league's head coaches, the league announced on Wednesday.
UIC, the 2017 regular season and tournament champion, was picked the win the league with 81 total points followed by the Penguins with 71. Wright State and Detroit Mercy were picked third and fourth with 59 and 54 points, respectively.
Oakland came in fifth with 41 points while IUPUI and Northern Kentucky ranked sixth and seventh with 35 and 31 points, repsectively.
Rounding out the preseason standings were Green Bay at eighth with 19 points and Cleveland State at ninth with 14 points.
The Penguins finished last season with an overall record of 31-28 and finished second in the Horizon League with a school-best 17-7 mark. Youngstown State also returns 14 letterwinners and seven starters from last year's squad that advanced to the Horizon League Championship game.
2018 Horizon League Preseason Coaches Poll
1. UIC, (9 first-place votes), 81 points
2. Youngstown State, 71
3. Wright State, 59
4. Detroit Mercy, 54
5. Oakland, 41
6. IUPUI, 35
7. Northern Kentucky, 31
8. Green Bay, 19
9. Cleveland State, 14