Portland State picked to repeat
Viks selected as division favorite on all 12 coaches ballots
|1||Portland State (12)||72|
|1||Saint Mary's (6)||65|
|2||Loyola Marymount (4)||55|
|3||Sacramento State (2)||53|
|5||Cal State Bakersfield||28|
Portland State Athletics
PORTLAND, Ore. – Defending Pacific Coast Softball Conference Mountain Division champion Portland State has been picked to repeat in 2011 in a vote of the conference's 12 head coaches. The Vikings were the unanimous pick to win their division, while Saint Mary's was tabbed to win the Coastal Division for the second consecutive year.
The Vikings and Loyola Marymount each garnered four votes to win the championship series. Saint Mary's earned three votes and Sacramento State received the other vote. The three-game series will be held May 13-14, at the site of the Mountain Division winner. The PCSC expanded to 12 teams before the 2010 campaign and split into two divisions. Saint Mary's edged the Vikings in the inaugural PCSC Championship Series 2-1 to earn the league's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.
Portland State received 72 points and all 12 first-place votes in the Mountain Division in 2011. They were also picked as the favorite last year.
In the Coastal Division, Saint Mary's got 65 points and six first-place votes, while LMU received 55 points and four first-place votes. Sacramento State earned 53 points and two first-place votes.
Portland State, which went 30-27 overall and 18-2 in the PCSC last year, has won two conference titles and advanced to the NCAA tourney in 2006 and 2009. The Vikings return 11 letterwinners, five starters and their top two pitchers from last season's squad.