Florida Southern Softball is predicted to finish eighth behind Nova Southeastern in the Sunshine State Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.
Last season, the team had a 27-21 record with a 12-18 record in the conference. Florida Southern has won 24 conference championships in its history all led by Chris Bellotto.
The team lost two starters from last season while all of the pitching staff returns. Aubrey Ehlers, Kristen Beacham, Kelli Gault and Jenna Weldon all won at least five games last season.
Senior Zierra Floodman returns behind the plate this season as a two-time All-SSC cacher. Last season she had a .321 batting average with nine doubles and 24 RBI.
This season marks coach Bellotto’s 38th season as the Moccasins’ head coach who has a career coaching record of 1,310-554-1. She is ranked second on the all-time NCAA Division II career wins and is 12th among all coaches at all NCAA levels.