Softball Picked Sixth in SAC Preseason Poll With Three on All-SAC Teams


ROCK HILL, S.C. ( -- Catawba’s softball team was voted sixth in the South Atlantic Conference’s annual preseason poll, as voted by the league’s head coaches.  It was announced by the conference on Thursday along with the preseason all-conference teams.  Catawba placed three players on the All-SAC teams.

Sophomore outfield Kristen Stinnard (Concord, N.C./Cox Mill HS) was a first team pick for the Catawba Indians.  Stinnard made 42 starts a year ago and was the team’s top hitter in league games with a .286 average.  On the season, she scored a team-high 22 runs and stole five bases.

Second team honors went to junior pitcher Carley Tysinger (Lexington, N.C./C. Davidson HS) and sophomore third baseman Katherine Shumaker (Blanch, N.C./Bartlett Yancy HS).  Tysinger was a third team NFCA All-American last season, posting an 18-10 record and a 1.29 ERA.  She notched 293 strikeouts over 189 and two-thirds innings and set a league record with 27 strikeouts in a 16-inning win over Lenoir-Rhyne.  Shumaker led the team in batting with a .317 average.  She also produced team highs with five home runs and 30 RBI.

Wingate, ranked 25th in the national preseason poll, was chosen as the league favorite, just edging out Anderson and Lenoir-Rhyne.  The Bulldogs picked up seven first-place votes from the panel and 122 points.  Anderson followed with three top-votes and 120 points then Lenoir Rhyne with one first-place vote and 119 points. 

The South Atlantic Conference softball season gets underway on Saturday, Jan. 31.  Catawba opens its season at home on February 7 with a 1 pm doubleheader against Glenville State.

The 2015 South Atlantic Conference Softball Championship will take place April 23-26 at Byerly Park in Hartsville, S.C.

SAC Preseason Poll
1.     Wingate (7), 122
2.     Anderson (3), 120
3.     Lenoir-Rhyne (1), 119
4t.     Tusculum (1), 89
4t.       Carson-Newman, 89
6.     Catawba, 86
7.     Lincoln Memorial, 82
8.     Mars Hill, 64
9.     Brevard, 43
10.  Queens, 38
11.  Coker, 37
12.  Newberry, 35

All-SAC First Team
C – Taylor Laskey, Wingate
1B – Sydney Landreth, Lenoir-Rhyne
2B – Mellena Helms, Wingate
SS – Kaytlin Stroinski, Tusculum
3B – Robyn Stanek, Mars Hill
OF – Kristen Stinnard, Catawba
OF – Molly Child, Anderson
OF – Taylor Rosenbalm, Queens
DP – Ashley Oliver, Lenoir-Rhyne
UTIL – Amanda Snow, Lincoln Memorial
P – Maryann Hoskins, Lenoir-Rhyne
P – Stacey Houser, Wingate
All-SAC Second Team
C – Sarah Kenley, Lenoir-Rhyne
1B – Ashlee Ellen, Coker
2B – Jessica Neidigh, Anderson
SS – Alexis, Burrell, Wingate
3B – Katherine Shumaker, Catawba
OF – Elayna Siebert, Carson-Newman
OF – Courtney Czentnar, Anderson
OF – Carolyn Williamson, Tusculum
DP – Casey Whitaker, Brevard
UTIL – Jamie Booze, Mars Hill
P – Carley Tysinger, Catawba
P – Lauren Rudesheim, Anderson

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