PULASKI, Tenn. - 1/27/2009 - The 2009 version of the TranSouth Athletic Conference Preseason Softball Coaches Poll has been released. Martin Methodist College has been chosen as the TranSouth Pre-Season No. 1 gaining seven of the eight first place votes. The RedHawks were 2008 Region XI Runner-Up.
There will be eight teams competing for the 2009 TranSouth Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championship. Freed-Hardeman University is pre-season No. 2, following as No. 3 is Trevecca Nazarene University, No. 4 is Union University, No. 5 is Bethel College, there is a tie at the sixth spot between Lyon College and Cumberland University and rounding out the poll is Mid-Continent University.
This year will be the first year with no NAIA regions, region rankings or NAIA regional tournaments. The 2009 TranSouth Conference Tournament Champion will get an automatic bid to the 2009 NAIA National Tournament in Decatur, Ala.
The NAIA pre-season poll will be released on January 27th and can be found on the NAIA website.
2009 TRANSOUTH ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Preseason Coaches Poll
Rank Team Votes (First Place Votes)
1. Martin Methodist - 63 (7)
2. Freed-Hardeman - 48 (1)
3. Trevecca Nazarene - 47
4. Union University - 42
5. Bethel College - 28
6. Lyon College - 22
6. Cumberland University - 22
8. Mid-Continent Univeristy -- 16
Votes were given with a value of 8=1 point and 1=8 points.
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