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Mountaineers tabbed fifth in SoCon preseason poll

Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2007

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Spartanburg, SC - Appalachian State University softball was projected to finish fifth in the Southern Conference as voted on by the league’s coaches in the annual preseason poll. Four Mountaineers also earned preseason all-conference honors.

Defending tournament champion Georgia Southern was picked first in the poll with 46 points and five first-place votes. Perennial power Chattanooga was second with 37 points, followed by defending regular-season champion Western Carolina with 36 points and College of Charleston with 34 points. The Mountaineers’ 24 points were next in fifth place, in front of Elon (19), Furman (17) and UNC Greensboro (11).

The Mountaineers are coming off a 29-30 season and advanced to the semifinals of the SoCon Tournament last season. The squad also returns seven positional starters and all four pitchers from a team that boasted the highest batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage in school history and also set school records for runs, hits, doubles and home runs.

Third baseman Lindsay Glover (Greensboro, N.C.) was selected to the preseason all-SoCon first team after leading the league in batting last year with a .418 average. Glover, undoubtedly a potential player of the year candidate, already owns nearly every offensive career record at ASU.

Joining Glover on the first team was catcher Kristen Hurt (Siler City, N.C.). Hurt, ASU’s all-time leader in home runs, batted .288 last season with five home runs and 24 RBI.

Pitcher Keri Blackwelder (Stanfield, N.C.) and outfielder Natalie Willis (Cherryville, N.C.) earned second-team honors. Blackwelder amassed a 9-11 record with a 3.35 ERA last season while Willis batted .225 with three triples and 17 stolen bases.

The Apps get their 2007 campaign underway on February 16 in Farmville, Va. with a tournament hosted by Longwood University.

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