The Saint Mary’s softball team has been picked to finish third in the MIAC this season after qualifying for the conference playoffs a year ago. The Cardinals and Augsburg were tied for third in the preseason poll behind first place St. Thomas and then Gustavus. The Cardinals went 18-21 last year and 11-10 in the MIAC. Saint Mary’s returns first team all-conference players Erin Stenseth and Alex Raske along with honorable mention all-conference pick Hailey Ohl. All three hitters batted at least .340 last season.