GLIAC -- The SVSU Softball team has been picked to finish second in the 2020 GLIAC Preseason Coaches Poll, which was officially released on Tuesday morning. The Cardinals received 49 points in the poll, which was one ahead of third place Northwood. Grand Valley was tabbed as the league's preseason favorite, collecting 64 points and eight of nine possible first-place votes. Northwood received the other first-place nod.
2020 GLIAC Preseason Coaches Poll
- Grand Valley State - 64 pts (8)
- Saginaw Valley State - 49 pts
- Northwood - 48 pts (1)
- Davenport - 43 pts
- Wayne State - 36 pts
- Ashland - 31 pts
- Purdue Northwest - 20 pts
- Ferris State - 16 pts
- Parkside - 8 pts
2020 Season Preview
The Saginaw Valley Softball team looks to improve upon a 2019 campaign in which the Cardinals finished fifth in the GLIAC and posted an overall record of 28-24. Head Coach Todd Buckingham returns for his eighth season at the helm and returns 12 players from last year's team.
All-GLIAC First Teamer and sophomore outfielder Jackie Popko returns to help anchor the outfield after a freshman campaign where she hit .341 with eight home runs, nine doubles, knocking-in 37 runs and stealing 18 bases. A pair of All-GLIAC Second Team selections return as well, with juniors Shelby Misiak and Blasia Moyler. Misiak hit .315 with 11 home runs, 43 RBI and had a .568 slugging percentage. Moyler led the Cardinals and the GLIAC with 15 home runs, hitting .320 with 10 doubles, a team-high 44 RBI and 14 walks. Fellow juniors Julia Salisbury, Meagan VerVaecke and sophomore Sarah Gersch return as well after hitting over .300 in 2019 to provide the Cards with a deep roster.
Anchoring the pitching staff and returning are Sophomores Julia Mundy, Jaclyn Groves and senior Mikayla Alexandrou. Mundy led the team with eight victories, a 4.14 ERA, 39 strikeouts and three saves. Groves had six wins and 36 strikeouts in her 22 appearances. Alexandrou had four wins with 30 strikeouts in her 72.1 innings.
SVSU hits the road for spring games Feb. 20-22 at the Rosemont Dome Invitational in Illinois before playing at the 2020 PFX Spring Games in Florida. The GLIAC schedule begins on Wednesday, March 18 with a home doubleheader versus Davenport.
2020 SVSU Softball Preview Interview - Todd Buckingham & Blasia Moyler