The Cal Poly softball team has been selected to finish sixth in the Big West Conference preseason coaches poll.
The Mustangs, who were Big West champions in 2007 and 2009, return 12 letter winners and seven starters from a team that finished just 11-36 last season and 7-14 in conference play.
Long Beach State and Pacific finished in a tie atop the poll, followed by Cal State Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge.
Cal Poly opens its 18th season of Division I competition Feb. 10 against Portland State (4:30 p.m.) and San Jose State (8 p.m.) at Arizona State’s Kajikawa Classic.
Youth baseball signups scheduled
San Luis Cal Ripken Youth Baseball will be holding signups for players ages 7-12 Saturday and Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Taylor Field.
Tryouts will also be held on those dates for players between the ages of 9-12.