Indianapolis, Ind. -- The Youngstown State softball team has been predicted to finish second in the Horizon League after a vote of the league's head coaches, the league announced on Wednesday.
UIC was picked to win the 2019 Horizon League regular-season championship with all nine first-place votes and 81 total points followed by the Penguins with 69 points.
Youngstown State finished third in the league last season with a 14-10 record and has 12 letterwinners and nine starters returning from last year.
In fourth position in the poll is Wright State (44 points). The Raiders were 12-10 in league play in 2018 and return All-Freshman Team member Madison Whitaker. Northern Kentucky (40 points) and IUPUI (39 points) were chosen fifth and sixth respectively in the poll. Rounding out the 2019 Preseason Poll are Detroit Mercy (36 points), Green Bay (22 points), and Cleveland State (11 points).
The 2019 Horizon League Softball Championships will take place on May 8-11 at the site of the highest-seed that meets facility hosting criteria and will feature the top six teams in the standings.
2019 Horizon League Softball Preseason Poll
Pl. Team - Points (First-Place Votes)
1. UIC – 81 (9)
2. Youngstown State – 69
3. Oakland – 63
4. Wright State – 44
5. Northern Kentucky – 40
6. IUPUI – 39
7. Detroit Mercy – 36
8. Green Bay – 22
9. Cleveland State – 11