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|Knox Baseball & Softball Teams Proving MWC Coaches Wrong
|POSTED 10:41 a-m 3/26/10 The Midwest Conference coaches have spoken, and there isn't much belief among them in Knox College's baseball or softball teams, both of which are off to good starts this season.
The pre-season coaches poll has the Prairie Fire baseball team finishing last in the Midwest Conference South Division behind Monmouth College, Illinois College and predicted first-place finisher Grinnell College. The Pioneers received two first-place votes while the Blueboys and the Fighting Scots each received one.
The Knox softball team is picked by the coaches to finish fifth, or last, in the South Division behind Illinois College and Grinnell - which the poll have tied for third place, along with Monmouth College and Lake Forest. The Foresters received four first place votes and Monmouth College received one.
So far, however, both Knox College teams are playing above those expectations. The Fire baseball team is coming off a double-header sweep of Lawrence University in Winter Haven, FL on Monday to improve its record to 6-5. Knox begins Midwest Conference play Saturday in Jacksonville with a double-header against Illinois College. The Monmouth College baseball team beat Eureka College 5-1 Thursday to move to 3-10 on the season.
The Prairie Fire softball team has lost two straight - games against Macomb Community College and Fisher College last week in Cocoa Beach, FL - and has a 5-5 record going into a double header at home on Monday against Iowa Wesleyan. Monmouth College's softball team lost twice in Bloomington against Illinois Wesleyan on Wednesday to fall to 2-9.
St. Norbert is the team to beat, according to the coaches, in both baseball and softball in the MWC North Division.
The Green Knights baseball team is picked to finish ahead of defending league champ Beloit College. St. Norbert received three first-place votes to Beloit's two. Ripon, Lawrence and Carroll round out the division.
St. Norbert's softball team received three first-place votes, ahead of Ripon's two. They are followed in order by Lawrence, Carroll and Beloit.