The Jones College Lady Bobcats start off the 2019 softball season where they ended up in 2018 — tops in the nation.
Head coach Chris Robinson’s defending national champions are ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA Division II preseason poll, which was released Tuesday afternoon.
The Lady Bobcats went 54-3 last season, capturing the national championship with an impressive five-game sweep through the NJCAA DII World Series. Jones outscored its opponents 69-12.
Jones defeated Phoenix College (Arizona) 18-2 in the deciding game at Traceway Park in Clinton.
The Lady Bobcats open the 2019 season on Feb. 15-16 with four games in the Sun Chief Classic in Gulf Shores, Ala. The home opener at Community Bank Park will be at 2 p.m. on Feb. 22 vs. Coastal Alabama-South.
A schedule and team roster for the Lady Bobcats is available at www.jcjcathletics.com.
Phoenix is rated No. 2 in the preseason poll, followed by LSU-Eunice, Des Moines Area (Iowa) and Cowley College (Kansas).
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