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Softball Picked to Finish Second in PBC by League Coaches

UNG Night Hawk

The North Georgia softball team has been picked to finish second in the league by the Peach Belt coaches, the conference office announced Friday afternoon. Armstrong received eight out of 11 possible first-place votes for 116 total points, being tabbed as the preseason favorite.

The Nighthawks received 113 points with three first-place votes and seven second-place votes. This marks the second consecutive year that North Georgia was picked second in the preseason poll, as the top two spots were the same last year. However the Nighthawks took both the regular season and conference tournament championships in 2014.

Conference schedule makers look for late season drama in 2015, matching up UNG with rival and favorite Armstrong on the final weekend of the regular season, Sat., April 18, with a double-header at Haines and Carolyn Hill Stadium in Dahlonega.

Last year UNG swept the regular season series in Savannah, but the Pirates collected two wins in the NCAA Southeast Super Regional to end the Nighthawks’ season and advance to the NCAA Division II Championship.

Of the teams projected to finished in the top-five of the league, only Georgia College avoids a trip to Dahlonega with Armstrong, Columbus State and Flagler all set to make a visit to the Golden City.

North Georgia kicks off its Peach Belt slate with a midweek doubleheader at Young Harris on Weds., March 4. The season continues through April with the PBC Tournament on April 24-25, which will be hosted in Milledgeville by Georgia College.

The PBC will expand to 13 softball teams this season with the welcome addition of Montevallo, who debut their team this spring. The Nighthawks will head to Alabama to for their first ever softball matchup with the Falcons on Tues., March 31.

The 2015 preseason coaches poll is located below as voted on by the head coaches in the league. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own teams.