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Originally published: 2014-01-28 13:09:12
Last modified: 2014-01-28 13:09:58

ASU softball team picked to finish third

by Staff Reports

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Appalachian State's softball team was tabbed to finish third in the annual Southern Conference preseason coaches' poll.

The Mountaineers were picked to finish third with one first place vote and 35 points after claiming the 2013 SoCon regular-season title. Senior first baseman Lindsay Loudermilk is the lone Mountaineer to earn a spot as a preseason first-team all-league selection, while junior catcher Sarah Warnock was selected to the second-team after earning second-team honors in 2013.

Last year's tournament champion, Georgia Southern, received seven first place votes and 49 points to finish at the top of the poll. The Eagles return pitcher Sarah Purvis, the 2013 SoCon Pitcher of the Year, who was named preseason Pitcher of the Year for 2014.

UNCG was picked to finish second, receiving zero first place votes and 40 points.

Chattanooga finished fourth with 31 points, while Furman (24), Samford (20), Elon (14) and Western Carolina (11) rounded out the remaining five spots in the annual poll.

Appalachian opens its 2014 season when the Mountaineers travel to Tempe, Ariz. on Feb. 6 for the Kajikawa Classic. The Mountaineers will take on San Diego State at 6 p.m. and Western Michigan at 8:30 p.m.


2014 SoCon Preseason Poll

1.     Georgia Southern (7)     49

2.     UNCG    40

3.     Appalachian State (1)    35

4.     Chattanooga     31

5.     Furman     24

6.     Samford     20

7.     Elon     14

8.    Western Carolina     11


Preseason Player of the Year

Lindsay Thomas, Catcher, UNCG


Preseason Pitcher of the Year

Sarah Purvis, Georgia Southern


Preseason First-Team All-Conference

P    Sarah Purvis, Georgia Southern

P    Raeanne Hanks, UNCG

C    Lindsay Thomas, UNCG

1B    Lindsay Loudermilk, Appalachian State

2B    Taylor Jenkins, Furman

SS    Kourtny Thomas, Georgia Southern

3B    Sarah Beth Roberts, Chattanooga

OF    Carleigh Nester, Elon

OF    Allison Geiner, UNCG

OF    Sam Taylor, Chattanooga

DP    Katelyn Bedwell, UNCG

UT    Emily Cameron, Elon


Preseason Second-Team All-Conference

P    Lauren Collier, Furman

P    Mollie Hanson, Samford

C    Sarah Warnock, Appalachian State

1B    Taylor Sigmon, Western Carolina

2B    Lauren Oldham, Elon

SS    Alyssa Taylor, Chattanooga

3B    Johanna Spencer, Elon

OF    Ambree Muller, Furman

OF    Nikki Legg, Furman

OF     Tatiana Alcala, UNCG

OF    Stephanie Rieck, Chattanooga

DP    Shelby Morrill, Georgia Southern