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