MEC Coaches Put WLU Softball at No. 1 – Again!

MEC Coaches Put WLU Softball at No. 1 – Again!

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. – Coach Herb Minch’s nationally-ranked West Liberty University softball team was a unanimous pick to claim their third straight Mountain East Conference North Division title when the MEC coaches released their annual preseason poll late Wednesday afternoon.

   Ranked No. 24 in the nation and fresh off back-to-back MEC championships and NCAA Division II Tournament runs, Coach Herb Minch welcomes back almost everybody from last season’s 37-17 squad. As a result, all 11 of his fellow conference coaches voted West Liberty No. 1 in the North Division for the third straight year. Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own teams.

   Fairmont State edged out Frostburg State for No. 2 in the North with Notre Dame (Ohio), Wheeling and Alderson Broaddus rounding out the division.

   In the South, West Virginia State was the No. 1 pick with 9 of the 12 coaches’ votes. Charleston was No. 2 with the remaining three first-place votes, followed by Concord, West Virginia Wesleyan, Glenville State and Davis & Elkins.

   Coach Minch and his Hilltoppers are scheduled to open the 2022 season at home on Feb. 20 with a 1 p.m. non-conference doubleheader against Clarion (Pa.).



2022 MEC Preseason Poll

North Division

1. WEST LIBERTY (11)                  66

2. Fairmont State (1)                    51

3. Frostburg State                         48

4. Notre Dame                               39

5. Wheeling                                    25

6. Alderson Broaddus                   17

South Division

1. W.Va. State (9)                          64

2. Charleston (3)                            51

3. Concord                                      43

4. W.Va. Wesleyan                       41

5 Glenville State                            24

6. Davis & Elkins                            23

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