IPFW’s softball team was picked to finish sixth in the Summit League by coaches.
The Mastodons return nine letter-winners from last season, including Prestlee Cooper and Caitlyn DeLong, but it will feature eight new players, including three junior-college transfers.
North Dakota State was picked to win the conference with 6-of-7 first-place votes. Omaha was picked second.
IPFW opens the regular season Feb. 6 at the Mercer Bear Classic against Jacksonville State and Mercer.