Newberry picked 11th in preseason poll; Bedard named preseason all-conference second team


Newberry picked 11th in preseason poll; Bedard named preseason all-conference second team
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

ROCK HILL - The Newberry College softball team is picked 11th in the annual South Atlantic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, which was released Tuesday, while junior Gabby Bedard was named a member of the preseason all-conference second team.

[Full SAC Release]

Bedard (Winder, Ga.), a preseason all-conference second team outfielder, was the only member of the Newberry squad to play in all 40 games during the 2013 season. A starter in each of Newberry's games a year ago, Bedard was second on the team in hitting with a .329 clip. Sitting atop the Newberry lineup, Bedard posted a .382 on-base percentage, while leading the team in hits with 46 and runs with 25.

With a perfect fielding percentage, Bedard was among the conference leaders on the defensive side of the game. Bedard was a Second Team All-South Atlantic Conference selection in 2013.

As a team the Wolves were picked to finish 11th in the conference after finishing ninth a season ago.

Lenoir-Rhyne is picked to finish atop the conference, followed by Anderson and Wingate in the top three. Catawba and Carson-Newman are picked fourth, with both sides picking up 86 points and two votes to win the conference.

Tusculum is picked sixth, Lincoln Memorial seventh and Mars Hill eighth. Newcomers Queens and Coker have been picked ninth and 10th, respectively. Brevard follows Newberry with a predicted finish of 12th.

Newberry is slated to open the 2014 season on Saturday at 1 p.m., as the Wolves host Lees-McRae at the Smith Road Complex.

SAC Preseason Coaches' Poll - Softball

Rk.

Team

1st

Votes

1.

Lenoir-Rhyne

7

127

2.

Anderson

3

114

3.

Wingate

 

104

t4.

Carson-Newman

1

86

t4. 

Catawba

1

86

6.

Tusculum

 

83

7.

Lincoln Memorial

 

54

8.

Mars Hill

 

52

9.

Queens

 

46

10.

Coker

 

35

11.
Newberry

23

12.

Brevard

 

12

 

2014 SAC Preseason All-Conference Softball Teams

First Team

C

Laura Jansky

Anderson

1B

Danielle Swygert

Anderson

2B

Jessica Neidigh

Anderson

SS

Brittany Hefner

Carson-Newman

3B

Robyn Stanek

Mars Hill

OF

Kelli Hensley

Carson-Newman

OF

Molly Child

Anderson

OF

Miranda Beeler

Tusculum

DP

Kayla Saliga

Wingate

UT

Elayna Siebert

Carson-Newman

P

Carley Tysinger

Catawba

P

Maryann Hoskins

Lenoir-Rhyne

Second Team

C

Taylor Laskey

Wingate

1B

Kaytlin Stroinski

Tusculum

2B

Hayley Whitley

Wingate

SS

Alexis Burrell

Wingate

3B

Haily Jarman

Lenoir-Rhyne

OF

Brianna Mulkey

Lincoln Memorial

OF

Gabby Bedard

Newberry

OF

Jody Mizelle

Lenoir-Rhyne

DP

Whitney Britt

Queens

DP

Amanda Show

Lincoln Memorial

UT

Alyssa Miller

Brevard

P

Stacey Houser

Wingate

P

Brandi Hole

Lenoir-Rhyne