PORTLAND, Ore. -- Loyola Marymount was picked to win its fourth Pacific Coast Softball Conference title in 2012, according to the PCSC Coaches Preseason Poll, as selected by the conference's 12 head coaches. Defending PCSC champion Portland State was tabbed to win its third consecutive Mountain Division title.
The Weber State University softball team, entering its third softball season, was picked to finish sixth in the PCSC Mountain Division.
The Wildcats return 11 players from their 2011 season, including five seniors.
All 12 conference head coaches voted in the poll. Each head coach predicted the order of finish in both the Coastal and Mountain Division and also chose an overall conference champion. A school receiving a first-place vote to win their division scored six points, second place was worth five points and so forth.
The Lions won the Coastal Division last season with a 16-4 PCSC mark, before falling to the Vikings in the PCSC Championship Series. Overall, Loyola Marymount finished with a 32-27 mark. Loyola Marymount received 9-of-12 first-place votes to win the Coastal Division - garnering 69 points - and five votes to win the overall PCSC Championship.
San Diego was tabbed to finish second, receiving two first-place votes and totaling 56 points. Sacramento State was picked to finish third, followed by Saint Mary's, CSU Bakersfield and Santa Clara. The Gaels also received one first-place vote to win the Coastal Division.
Portland State garnered eight-of-12 first-place votes to win the Mountain Division, registering 67 points. Northern Colorado tallied four first-place votes and received 53 points in being tabbed to place second. Utah Valley was picked to finish third, followed by Idaho State, Seattle and Weber State.
In addition to the Lions receiving five votes to win the overall PCSC title, Portland State received three, San Diego two, and Northern Colorado and Saint Mary's both received one vote.
Since the PCSC began play, Loyola Marymount and Portland State have both won three conference titles. The Lions won the inaugural crown in 2003 and added titles in 2005 and 2007. Portland State captured its first PCSC title in 2006 and followed with championships in 2006 and 2009. Santa Clara (2004), Sacramento State (2008) and Saint Mary's (2010) have won one title apiece.
Weber State begins the 2012 season on Friday, Feb. 10, against Kent State at the Sportco Kickoff Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.
2012 PCSC Preseason Coaches Poll
Coastal Division Pts
Loyola Marymount (9) 69
San Diego (2) 56
Sacramento State 52
Saint Mary's (1) 35
Cal State Bakersfield 26
Santa Clara 14
Mountain Division Pts.
Portland State (8) 67
Northern Colorado (4) 53
Utah Valley 49
Idaho State 33
Weber State 18
Overall champion--Loyola Marymount 5, Portland State 3, San Diego 2, Northern Colorado 1, Saint Mary's 1.
( ) - first place votes in parenthesis.