Hawk ranked fifth in PSAC’s preseason softball poll

INDIANA, Pennsylvania- The IUP softball program was selected to rank fifth in the division when the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) released its 2023 preseason coach polls Wednesday afternoon.

Mercyhurst are favorites to win PSAC West with four of the nine votes in first place. Seton Hill, who received three votes for first place, received second place. Cal U (PA) took third place with two votes for first place, followed by Gannon ahead of the Crimson Hawks. Pitt-Johnstown is sixth behind IUP, while Slippery Rock, Edinboro and Clarion claim the last three spots.
In the East Division, Shippensburg is the favorite with six votes for five spots, while Kutztown was second with three votes for first spot.

last season
The Crimson Hawks ended 2022 with a 17-21 overall record and finished fifth in PSAC West with an 8-8 conference record. IUP defeated East Stroudsburg in their first PSAC championship tournament since 2018.

Who’s back for IUD
The Hawks return with several key starters in the 2023 season. Primary starting pitcher Bella Bucy returns after scoring 49 strikeouts as the best team and leading by eight full games. Another returning star pitcher is a sophomore Amanda Fischerwent 9-6 in the 2022 season and led the team in wins.

Second infielder Allissa Schmidt played in 33 games in her debut season and hit .283 by driving in a double, triple and a home run. second grader Jordan Sylvia started at third base in 34 games for IUP and hit .333 (30-90) with eight doubles, 20 RBI and a .489 slugging percentage.

Other returnees are e.g Paige Truax, who started 35 games and hit .269 (25-93) with eight RBI and eight stolen bases. Outfielder sophomore Sarah Tailford split between DP, left field and mostly right field hit .341 and conceded five doubles and 10 RBI.

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2023 PSAC Softball Preseason Survey Results
EAST (number of first place finishers)
1. Shippensburg (5)
2. Kutzstadt (3)
3. Bloomsburg (1)
4. Shepherd
5.West Chester
6. East Stroudsburg
7. Lock port
8. Millerville
9. Mansfeld

1. Mercyhurst (4)
2. Seton Hill (3)
3. California (Pa.) (2)
4. Gannon
5. IUD
6. Pitt-Johnstown
7. Slippery rock
8. Edinboro
9. Clarion