January 23, 2013

Islanders Softball Tabbed Fourth in Southland Conference Preseason Polls

FRISCO, Texas – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team was selected to finish fourth in the 2013 Southland Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll in a vote by both the conference's head coaches and sports information directors, the league announced Wednesday. Sophomore Mickayla Cochran (OF) was tabbed All-Southland Conference Preseason Second Team. 

The Islanders return three starters and 11 letterwinners from a team that finished with an 18-23 overall record (11-9 SLC) a year ago under Head Coach Stephanie Hughes. The Islanders advanced to the Southland Conference Tournament for the third straight year and finished fourth. The 2013 team will welcome four newcomers along with Cochran who started 37-of-39 of the Islanders' games last season.  

Cochran finished second on the team with a batting average of .293 and tallied the most hits with 99. The Peoria, Ariz. native was tied for third in runs scored while posting a .974 fielding percentage with the majority of her fielding coming from behind home plate. 

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi was selected to finish fourth in the Preseason Coaches' poll behind Sam Houston State (78), who finished second during the regular season last year and at the 2012 conference tournament, McNeese State (72) and Central Arkansas (65). The Islanders received 56 points. In the Preseason Sports Information Director's poll, the Islanders were tabbed fourth with a total of 53 points behind Sam Houston State (74), Central Arkansas (73) and McNeese State (69). 

The Islanders will open the season in Austin, Texas on Thursday, Feb. 7, against Texas on the Longhorn Network. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. 

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2013 All-Southland Conference Preseason Softball Teams 

First Team

 

 

 

 

Pos.

Name

University

Class

Hometown

1B

Kim Damian*

Sam Houston State

Sr.

Angleton, Texas

2B

Ashley Bertot*

Nicholls State

Sr.

League City, Texas

3B

Shelbi Tucker*

Sam Houston State

Sr.

Montgomery, Texas

SS

Tara McKenney*

Northwestern State

Jr.

Red Oak, Texas

C

Hillary Adams*

Sam Houston State

So.

Elgin, Texas

UT

Melissa Bryant*

Central Arkansas

Sr.

Hernando, Miss.

DP

Ashley Modzelewski*

McNeese State

So.

Sour Lake, Texas

OF

Tori Benavidez*

Sam Houston State

Sr.

Midlothian, Texas

OF

Alanna DiVittorio*

McNeese State

Jr.

Harahan, La.

OF

Stephanie Lasley*

Central Arkansas

Sr.

Enola, Ark.

P

Kelsie Armstrong*

Central Arkansas

Sr.

Hot Springs, Ark.

P

Meagan Bond

McNeese State

Sr.

Lumberton, Miss.

 

Second Team

 

 

 

1B

Ashley Boswell*

Central Arkansas

So.

Tahlequah, Okla.

2B

Megan McCollum

Southeastern La.

Jr.

Lafayette, La.

3B

Tiffany Roby*

Central Arkansas

So.

North Little Rock, Ark.

SS

Sarah Allison*

Sam Houston State

Jr.

College Station, Texas

C

Melanie Bryant*

Central Arkansas

Sr.

Hernando, Miss.

UT

Elizabeth Arana*

Stephen F. Austin

Jr.

The Woodlands, Texas

DP

Ashley Isbell*

Sam Houston State

Sr.

Katy, Texas

OF

Michelle Duhe

Southeastern La.

Sr.

Lutcher, La.

OF

Mickayla Cochran

A&M-Corpus Christi

So.

Peoria, Ariz.

OF

Lauren Langner

McNeese State

So.

Pearland, Texas

P

Shelby Lancaster

Sam Houston State

Jr.

Tomball, Texas

P

Carlie Thomas

Stephen F. Austin

Jr.

Huntington, Texas

                 

*Returning all-conference selection 

2013 Preseason Southland Softball Polls 

Coaches' Poll

 

1. Sam Houston State (7)

78

2. McNeese State (2)

72

3. Central Arkansas (1)

65

4. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

56

5. Stephen F. Austin

44

6. Northwestern State

42

7. Nicholls State

39

8. Houston Baptist

21

8. Southeastern Louisiana

21

10. Lamar

12

 

 

Sports Information Director's

 

1. Sam Houston State (5)

74

2. Central Arkansas (3)

73

3. McNeese State (2)

69

4. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

53

5. Nicholls State

47

6. Northwestern State

41

7. Stephen F. Austin

36

8. Southeastern Louisiana

24

9. Houston Baptist

22

10. Lamar

11