January 26, 2012

Islanders Softball Picked Second in Southland Conference Preseason Poll

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team was selected to finish second in the 2012 Southland Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, the league announced on Thursday afternoon. The defending Southland Conference regular-season champions return two players selected on the all-conference teams.

Senior Hannah Schwarz, returns as a First Team selection for the second straight year after starting 53-of-54 of the Islanders games last season. She had the highest batting average on the team at .358 and was third in the conference. She also had the second most hits with 63 and was third in runs scored with 37 during the season. The outfielder was third on the team with eight stolen bases after going 8-for-15 and had a team-high 176 at-bats as the Islanders primary leadoff hitter during the season. Schwarz was named to the Capital One Academic All-America team and honored with the Southland Conference Steve McCarty Citizenship Award.

Senior Vianca Pesina returns as a Second Team selection after going 12-5 in the circle with a 2.05 ERA last season, which was sixth best in the conference. She pitched 99 innings while allowing just 29 earned runs and striking out 39 batters. Her season best was eight innings against UTSA and she struck out a season-high six hitters at Central Arkansas. Pesina finished second on the team with 10 complete games.

After winning the regular-season conference title last season, the Islanders were selected to finish second in the Preseason Coaches' poll behind Texas State, who won the Southland Conference tournament. The Islanders received five first-place votes and a total of 87 points. In the Preseason Sports Information Director's poll the Islanders were tabbed third behind Texas State and UT Arlington with four first-place votes and a total of 80 points.

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi opens the 2012 season on Friday, Feb. 10, at the Hilton Houston Plaza Classic in Houston, Texas. The Islanders will take on Houston, Oklahoma State and North Texas over the three-day event.

2012 All-Southland Conference Preseason Softball Teams 

First Team

 

 

 

Pos.

Name

University

Class

Hometown

1B

Haley Lemons*

Texas State

Jr.

Rockwall, Texas

2B

Cali Burke*

Northwestern State

So.

Mesquite, Texas

3B

Ashley Ray*

Nicholls State

Sr.

Lafayette, La.

SS

Megan Gaspard

Nicholls State

Sr.

Coteau, La.

C

Melanie Bryant*

Central Arkansas

Jr.

Hernando, Miss.

UT

Kasey Britt*

Central Arkansas

Sr.

Florence, Miss.

DP

Katie McGregor*

Central Arkansas

Sr.

Lake Jackson, Texas

OF

Hannah Schwarz*

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Sr.

Kerrville, Texas

OF

Claire Terracina*

McNeese State

Sr.

Lake Charles, La.

OF

Kelsey Nichols*

Southeastern Louisiana

Jr.

Alvin, Texas

P

Callie Collins*

UT Arlington

So.

Rusk, Texas

P

Anne Marie Taylor*

Texas State

Jr.

Houston, Texas

 

 

 

 

 

Second Team

 

 

 

1B

Caitlyn Ivy*

UTSA

Sr.

Huntington, Texas

2B

Anna Hernandez*

Texas State

Jr.

Buda, Texas

3B

Taylor Zink

UT Arlington

So.

Highlands, Texas

SS

Courtney Enocksen

UT Arlington

Sr.

Kingwood, Texas

C

Molly Fichtner*

UTSA

So.

Houston, Texas

UT

Chandler Hall*

Texas State

Sr.

Baytown, Texas

DP

MyKeisha Young*

McNeese State

So.

Brusly, La.

OF

Tori Benavidez*

Sam Houston State

Jr.

Midlothian, Texas

OF

Charne Office*

UT Arlington

Sr.

Seabrook, Texas

OF

Nicole Beals

Central Arkansas

Sr.

Goodyear, Ariz.

P

Kelee Grimes*

Northwestern State

Sr.

Pineville, La.

P

Vianca Pesina*

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Sr.

Corpus Christi, Texas

*Returning all-conference selection 

2012 Preseason Southland Softball Polls 

Coaches Poll

 

Sports Information Directors

 

1. Texas State (4)

92

1. Texas State (6)

93

2. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (5)

87

2. UT Arlington (1)

88

3. UT Arlington (1)

82

3. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (4)

80

4. McNeese State

75

4. McNeese State

69

5. UTSA

68

5. UTSA

67

6. Northwestern State (1)

58

6. Northwestern State

56

7. Sam Houston State

42

7. Central Arkansas

45

8. Central Arkansas

40

8. Sam Houston State

39

9. Stephen F. Austin

24

9. Southeastern Louisiana

32

10. Southeastern Louisiana

21

10. Stephen F. Austin

23

11. Nicholls State

17

11. Nicholls State

13