2016 Preseason All-SEC Softball Team
Name, School, Position, Cl., Ht., Hometown
Emily Carosone, Auburn, IF, Sr., 5-4, Orlando, Fla.
Kasey Cooper, Auburn, IF, Jr., 5-4, Dothan, Ala.
Kelsey Stewart, Florida, IF, Sr., 5-6, Wichita, Kan.
Alex Hugo, Georgia, IF, Sr., 5-8, Olathe, Kan.
Bianka Bell, LSU, IF, Sr., 5-5, Tampa, Fla.
Haylie McCleney, Alabama, OF, Sr., 5-4, Morris, Ala.
Tiffany Howard, Auburn, OF, Sr., 5-5, Pembroke, Ga.
Kirsti Merritt, Florida, OF, Sr., 5-4, Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.
Alaynie Page, South Carolina, OF, Sr., 5-6, Boiling Springs, S.C.
Alexis Osorio, Alabama, P, So., 5-8, Riverside, Calif.
Kelsey Nunley, Kentucky, P, Sr., 5-10, Soddy Daisy, Tenn.
Carley Hoover, LSU, P, So., 6-2, Clemson, S.C.
Aubree Munro, Florida, C, Sr., 5-10, Brea, Calif.
Rainey Gaffin, Tennessee, DP/UT, Sr., 5-10, Thornton, Calif.
Oklahoma Softball Placed Atop Big 12 Preseason Poll
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NORMAN – For the fourth season in a row and the seventh time in the last eight years, the Oklahoma softball team has topped the Big 12 Preseason Coaches’ Poll that was released Wednesday. The Sooners received five of the seven first-place votes. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.
The Sooners led Big 12 teams with 35 points, while Baylor received the other two first-place votes and ranked second with 32 points. Texas was slotted third by the coaches with 26 points, followed by Kansas (20), Oklahoma State (14), Texas Tech (13) and Iowa State (7).
The four-time defending Big 12 champions return four of the seven Sooners that earned All-Big 12 honors last season, including Paige Parker, who was Big 12 Freshman of the Year and Big 12 Pitcher of the Year. In addition, six of OU’s eight all-region selections will be back for the 2016 season.
OU went 14-2 in the Big 12 in 2015 to capture the eighth regular season conference crown in program history and become the first team in league annals to win it four seasons in a row. In fact, no other program has won more than two consecutive league titles.
Overall, Oklahoma posted a 49-9 record last season and reached the NCAA Super Regionals for the sixth season in a row, tying for the second longest active streak in the country.
Oklahoma’s 2016 season starts on Friday, Feb. 12 against Minnesota and Washington at the Sportco Kickoff Classic in Las Vegas. The Sooners are also scheduled to face Lamar, Syracuse and Long Beach State in the tournament.
LSU Picked Second in SEC Preseason Poll; Florida tops poll
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – In a vote of the league’s head coaches, the Southeastern Conference released its annual preseason poll on Thursday as LSU was picked to finish second after earning three first place votes and 128 overall points.
The Tigers, who made it to the semifinals of the Women’s College World Series in 2015, returns 16 letterwinners and seven starters from a team that went 52-14 overall, beginning the season winning their first 25 games to start. LSU was 15-9 during the conference portion of the schedule, finishing in a tie for fourth place.
After winning each of last two national championships, Florida was picked to win the SEC after earning 10 first-place votes. The Gators finished with 142 total points, as UF, LSU, Auburn in third, Alabama in fourth and Tennessee in fifth were the only teams to earn greater than 100 points in the poll.
Georgia, Missouri, Kentucky, Texas A&M and Mississippi State were slotted from sixth to 10th place, respectively, while South Carolina, Ole Miss and Arkansas round out the poll in 11th, 12th and 13th place.
The 2016 SEC Softball Tournament will be held May 11-14 in Starkville and hosted by Mississippi State.
LSU opens the 2016 regular season on Friday, February 12 against Ohio State at 5 p.m. in Tiger Park.
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