Coaches pick UNCW third in CAA preseason poll


RICHMOND, VA (UNCW SPORTS) – The UNCW softball team has been picked to finish third in the 2019 Colonial Athletic Association race, according to a vote of the league’s head coaches.

James Madison, which has reached the NCAA Tournament the last six years, was picked to capture its fourth CAA title in the last five years after receiving all seven possible first-place votes. Charleston earned the other first-place vote and finished second in the voting.

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The Seahawks received third place in the poll, followed by defending CAA champion Hofstra, Towson, Elon, Delaware and Drexel.

Led by junior Dominique Travers, the Seahawks return 18 letter winners from last year’s team that reached the CAA Tournament. Travers, a Second-Team All-CAA performer, paced the team with a .302 batting average and seven home runs.

Senior Haley Lenderman and junior Rylee Pate return to anchor the Seahawks’ pitching staff. Lenderman authored a 2.78 earned run average while appearing in a team-high 29 games. Pate, meanwhile, fashioned a 6-8 record with a 3.62 earned run average in 69.2 innings.

UNCW opens the 2019 season on Friday, Feb. 8, by facing UNCG and No. 1 Florida State at the Joanne Graf Classic in Tallahassee, Fla.

Season tickets for the 2019 campaign may be purchased by calling the UNCW Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 808-UNCW or by visiting

2019 Colonial Athletic Association Softball Coaches Predicted Order of Finish
1. James Madison – 49 points (7 first-place votes)
2. College of Charleston – 39 points (1 first-place vote)
3. UNCW – 33 points
T-4. Hofstra – 28 points
T-4. Towson – 28 points
6. Elon – 21 points
7. Delaware – 14 points
8. Drexel – 12 points