West Florida is the team to beat in baseball in the Gulf South Conference.
The reigning conference champions are picked to win the GSC crown again this season, receiving six of the possible 11 first-place votes and finishing one point ahead of 2016 GSC tournament champion Delta State.
Coming off a year where they appeared in the NCAA Division II regional for the fourth time in six years, the Argonauts have 15 players returning and 15 newcomers. They are led by Mike Jeffcoat, the coach of the year in the conference last season.
Among the newcomers is Huntingdon transfer and former Navarre standout Jared Gonzalez.
Gonzalez is a right-handed pitcher who went 12-7 in his two seasons at Division III Huntingdon.He was the USA South Rookie Pitcher of the Year in 2015 and will look to play a role on the Argos’ pitching staff this season.
Argos picked fourth in softball poll
West Florida’s softball team is coming off one of its best seasons in program history and is picked to finish fourth in the GSC preseason poll this year.
Reigning national champion North Alabama is picked to win the GSC.
The Argos went 42-17 and played in the NCAA regional last season, marking an impressive turnaround for a program that was just 19-30 two seasons ago. The 23 wins the Argos earned in conference play is the most since 2005.
The Argos have seven freshmen on their roster, including former Navarre standout Callan Taylor. Taylor played four years for the Raiders and aims to have success at the next level.
Preseason GSC Baseball Poll
- West Florida; 2. Delta State; 3. West Georgia; 4. West Alabama; 5. Alabama-Huntsville; 6. Valdosta State; 7. Lee; 8. North Alabama; 9. Mississippi College; 10. Union; 11. Shorter; 12. Christian Brothers
Preseason GSC Softball Poll
- North Alabama; 2.Alabama-Huntsville; 3. Valdosta State; 4. West Florida; 5. Delta State; 6. Mississippi College; 7. Shorter; 8. West Georgia; 9. Lee; 10. West Alabama; 11. Union; 12. Christian Brothers