TAMUK softball

Texas A&M University-Kingsville Head Softball Coach Craig Nicholson will lead the Javelinas for a third season in 2020. Last year was the best season in program history for the Javelinas under his leadership with an overall record of 52-10. (File photo)

One season after a historic run the NCAA Division II Women’s College World Series, the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Softball team is already favored to defend their conference title.

Lone Star Conference officials announced in a press release Tuesday that the NCAA Division II runners up were voted as the favorites to win the conference as No. 1 in the league’s preseason poll.

According to the release, TAMUK received 32 of the 42 first-place votes for a total of 692 points in the poll decided by LSC coaches, sports information directors and various media representatives.

In 2019, the Javelinas had a program best 52-10 overall record while going 24-6 in LSC play.

The Hoggies locked up a regular season LSC title and then went on to clinch an LSC tournament title and a South Central Regional championship for the first time in program history.

The season ended for TAMUK in the finals of the NCAA Division II championship series, where they lost to Augustana University in a three-game series 2-1.

According to the release, Texas A&M-Commerce finished second in the poll with seven first-place nods for 666 points, followed by Tarleton State University, Cameron University and Oklahoma Christian University.  Tarleton ranked third with 594 points and one top vote, while Cameron and Oklahoma Christian tied for fourth with 527 points each.

West Texas A&M is in the sixth spot, Angelo State in the seventh, St. Mary’s is at eighth, Lubbock Christian is at ninth and UT Tyler rounds out the top 10.

The 2020 season starts Jan. 31 for the Javelina’s when they take on Central Oklahoma and Pittsburg State in the Arkansas Tech Winter Invitational. 

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