UCCS Softball Selected to Finish Fourth

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 2, 2006

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs softball team was selected to finish fourth in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 2006, the conference announced Thursday. For the Mountain Lions, who won the RMAC Championship in 2004 and finished second in 2005, the prediction was, well, motivating.

"If that's what people want to think, that does nothing but good for us," said UCCS coach Scott Peterson. "If they want to take us lightly, they can come on in here and do that."

RMAC coaches, who are the only voters involved in the preseson poll, can be forgiven for their skepticism concerning UCCS' prospects. The Mountain Lions lost seven players from last year's team, including four All-RMAC performers.

"No doubt we lost some great players," said Peterson. "But we will still field a very talented team. We'll be a different kind of team but we expect to be (in contention) in the end."

Like UCCS was in 2005 preseason poll, Regis was a unanimous choice to remain atop the RMAC this season. Mesa State was picked to finish second with 23 points. Fort Hays State was third with 31 and UCCS was fourth with 34.

More egregious than the fourth-place prediction, according to Peterson, was the omission of left fielder Brittni Carlson from the preseason All-RMAC team. First baseman Lindsay Shandera was the Mountain Lions sole selection.

"I'm unhappy that she was left off," said Peterson, who pointed to Carlson's .389, .314 and .362 batting averages and her 95 RBIs in three seasons at UCCS.

The conference's ten coaches each picked their predicted order of finish and points were assigned based on those rankings. No coach was allowed to rank their own team.

2006 RMAC Softball Preseason Poll

# School (1st votes) Pts.
1. Regis (9) 9
2. Mesa State 23
3. Fort Hays State 31
4. UC-Colorado Springs (1) 34
5. Nebraska-Kearney 42
6. Colorado State-Pueblo 56
7. New Mexico Highlands 57
8. Adams State 59
9. Fort Lewis 63 1
10. Colorado Mines 76 

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson32OFJr.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson321BSo.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson32IFFr.
Brittni CarlsonBrittni Carlson32OFSR.
Lindsay ShanderaLindsay Shandera20IF/OFFr.
Lindsay ShanderaLindsay Shandera201BSo.
Lindsay ShanderaLindsay Shandera201BJr.
Lindsay ShanderaLindsay Shandera201BSr.
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