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Cougars Slated 13th in NSIC Preseason Softball Poll

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BURNSVILLE, MN — The University of Sioux Falls softball team was picked to finish 13th in the NSIC Preseason coaches’ poll, as announced by the conference office on Thursday.

The Cougars went 15-19 during their 2012 NCAA Division II provisional season.

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The NSIC preseason standings reflect the final standings of a season ago. The top two teams are separated by a mere point; Minnesota State, Mankato (213) and Augustana College (212). Winona State (192), Minnesota-Duluth (190) and Concordia St. Paul (174) round out the top five.

USF will be looking towards the bat of Priscilla Quintana (3B, 5-3, Sr., R/R, Los Angeles, Calif.) who was tabbed as the Cougars’ “Player to Watch” in the NSIC. Quintana finished 2012 with a .387/.430/.613 slash and led the Cougars in every offensive statistical category, including home runs (5), RBI (22) and doubles (9).

Junior Bailey Bouman (RHP, 5-9, Jr., L/R, Pipestone, Minn.) was picked as USF’s “Pitcher to Watch.” Bouman served as the Cougars’ workhorse last season, going 9-10 overall with an ERA of 4.12. She racked up 90 strikeouts in 118 innings of work and tossed 16 complete games.

The Cougars will open the season in Rochester, Minn., on Feb. 22. USF will face Northwest Missouri State in its season opener with first pitch slated for 3 p.m.

2013 NSIC Preseason Softball Coaches Poll

1.  Minnesota State (9)  213
2.  Augustana (4)  212
3.  Winona State    192
4.  Minnesota Duluth (2)  190
5.  Concordia-St. Paul (1)  174
6.  Wayne State   141
7.  University of Mary  123
8.  Northern State  119
9.  St. Cloud State  110
10. Southwest Minnesota State   102
11. Upper Iowa   99
12. Minot State   73
13. Sioux Falls 60
14. MSU Moorhead 51
15. Bemidji State  40
16. Minnesota, Crookston 21

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Courtesy:  University of Sioux Falls

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