GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Calvin softball team has been picked to finish fourth in the 2017 MIAA preseason coaches' poll. The Knights received 39 total points. Defending MIAA champion, Alma earned eight first-place votes to earn 64 points.
"We are excited to kick off the 2017 season," said head coach Becky Hilgert. "In softball, the MIAA is very competitive and I expect all of our games to be hard fought. As a team, we are looking forward to the challenges presented by all of our opponents in the conference."
Calvin is under the direction of first-year head coach Becky Hilgert. The Knights return two 2016 All-MIAA selections in Maddie DeGroot and Anna Gernant. The Maroon and Gold posted a 23-13 record in 2016 and finished tied for fourth place in the MIAA at 9-7.
The Knights open the season in Marquette, Michigan on Feb. 24. Calvin will have home series against Wheaton, Cleary, Trine, Saint Mary's, Hope, and Olivet.