Andrew Frank, left, and Ashley Metcalf are senior pitchers for the Viking baseball and softball teams this season.
The Valley City State University softball was picked to finish second and the baseball team was seventh in the North Star Athletic Association Preseason Coaches' Polls released Monday.
The Viking softball team received one first place vote as they are picked to finish behind defending conference champion Dickinson State. VCSU and Dickinson met in the conference championship last year with the Blue Hawks winning the best-of-three series in the third game.
VCSU softball is coming off a record-setting season in which the team broke more than a dozen school records, including winning a school-record 40 games. VCSU opens the 2017 season Feb. 11-12 with four games at the Presentation College Dome Tournament.
Bellevue is picked third in the softball poll while University of Jamestown is picked fourth.
2017 NSAA Softball Preseason Poll
The North Star Athletic Association Softball Conference Tournament will be hosted by Dickinson State on May 5-8 in Dickinson, N.D.
There is one automatic bid to the NAIA Softball National Tournament Opening round, with 10 different sites with four teams each competing in a double-elimination tournament on May 15-17. The winner of the NSAA postseason conference tournament will earn the automatic bid to the national tournament.
The Viking baseball team was picked seventh out of 10 teams in their preseason poll released on Monday. Bellevue University is the unanimous favorite to repeat as conference champions. Jamestown was picked second and Mayville State was third.
The Valley City State baseball team ended the 2016 season in the Bracket B championship game of the NSAA Tournament, losing to eventual tournament champion Bellevue. The Vikings were 24-32 overall last season and went 11-12 in conference play.
VCSU is off to a 1-8 record this season after playing nine games in the fall. The Viking baseball spring schedule started March 1 with a doubleheader against Saint John's University. Those games will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings.
2017 NSAA Baseball Preseason Poll
There will be two automatic bids from the North Star Athletic Association for the NAIA Baseball National Tournament Opening Round, which is held on May 16-19. The regular-season conference winner and the postseason tournament winner will earn a trip to the national tournament, at nine different sites announced by the NAIA national office later this spring.
The NSAA Baseball Conference Postseason Tournament will take place at two host institutions – the University of Jamestown and Valley City State. The tournament kicks off on May 5 and runs through May 9.