January 25, 2016
Softball Tops Preseason SAC Poll
ROCK HILL, S.C. (TheSAC.com) -- In what the South Atlantic Conference coaches view as a tight race, defending SAC Tournament Champion Catawba has been chosen first in the annual preseason poll. Four different teams received first-place votes, led by Catawba’s five, and the top five teams were separated by just 12 points in the poll. It marks the first time the Catawba Indians have topped the preseason poll.
The Lady Indians also put three players on the preseason all-conference teams. Senior pitcher Carley Tysinger (Lexington, N.C./C. Davidson) and senior shortstop Gina Gerone (Brooklyn, N.Y./Madison) earned first team honors, while junior third baseman Katherine Shumaker (Blanch, N.C./Bartlett Yancy) was a second team pick.
Tysinger, the league’s Pitcher of the Year in 2015, went 27-11 with a 1.60 ERA last season. Over 244 and two-thirds innings, she allowed just 177 hits with a school-record 325 strikeouts. Tysinger owns all of Catawba’s strikeout records.
Gerone had a strong finish to 2015, earning SAC Tournament MVP honors after blasting three home runs in the championship game. On the year, Gerone hit .367 with nine home runs and 29 RBI. Shumaker split time at third base and catcher while hitting .304. She homered five times and drove in 26 runs.
The South Atlantic Conference softball season gets underway on Saturday, Jan. 30. Catawba opens its season on February 6 in Savannah, Ga., against Lincoln Memorial and Armstrong. The 2016 SAC Softball Tournament will take place April 28-May 1 at Byerly Park in Hartsville, S.C.
2016 Softball Preseason Poll
1. Catawba (5) 118
2. Lenoir-Rhyne (2) 116
3. Carson-Newman (3) 113
4. Anderson 108
5. Wingate (2) 106
6. Newberry 84
7. Lincoln Memorial 70
8. Coker 61
9. Tusculum 52
10. Mars Hill 44
11. Queens 29
12. Brevard 26
2016 Softball Preseason All-SAC Teams
C: Cailah Niles, Anderson
1B: Sydney Landreth, Lenoir-Rhyne
2B: Mellena Helms, Wingate
SS: Gina Gerone, Catawba
3B: Ashley Gallman, Coker
OF: Morgan Hendrix, Wingate
OF: Molly Child, Anderson
OF: Rily Morris, Coker
DP: Taylor Rosenbalm, Queens
UT: Elayna Siebert, Carson Newman
P: Carley Tysinger, Catawba
P: Maryann Hoskins, Lenoir-Rhyne
C: Taylor Laskey, Wingate
1B: Emily Usiak, Wingate
2B: Taylor Barcomb, Coker
SS: Kristen Toppel, Carson-Newman
3B: Katherine Shumaker, Catawba
3B: Ellen Tillman, Mars Hill
OF: Carolyn Williamson, Tusculum
OF: Talisa Fiame, Carson-Newman
OF: Ashley Oliver, Lenoir-Rhyne
DP: Meredith Johnson, Lincoln Memorial
DP: Christina Walker, Lenoir-Rhyne
UT: Maude McCourry, Newberry
P: Stacey Houser, Wingate
|Track/Field @ SAC Indoor Championships,||Stats|
|Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 1 (Carolina CC),|
Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 5-8
Baseball @ Palm Beach Atlantic 0-11
Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 1 (Cougar Point GC)
Track/Field @ Maillet UNC Open
Softball vs. AUGUSTA 0-6
Baseball @ Lynn 11-12
Basketball (W) @ Anderson 69-75
Softball vs. AUGUSTA 4-3
Basketball (M) @ Anderson 77-65
Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 2 (Cougar Point GC) 12th of 16
Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 6-25
Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd. 1 p.m.
Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd. 3 p.m.
Baseball @ Belmont Abbey 5-6
Basketball (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 56-61
Basketball (M) vs.LENOIR-RHYNE 84-77
Softball @ UNC Pembroke 6-4
Softball @ UNC Pembroke 0-8
Baseball vs,. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 7-9
Lacrosse (M) @ Belmont Abbey 10-18
Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 3-12
Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 6-5
Lacrosse (W) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 6-24
Basketball (M) @ Bluefield St. 76-55
Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Fleming Isl. GC)
Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Fleming Isl. GC) 14th of 17
Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 1)
Baseball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 5-7
Basketball (W) @ Coker 63-60
Basketball (M) @ Coker 79-77
Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 2)
Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-4
Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-2
Lacrosse (W) vs. CONVERSE 16-6
Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 3)
Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-2
Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 4) W-5th;M-7th
Softball vs SHIPPENSBURG 3-4
Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-3
Softball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 8-4
Lacrosse (M) @ Mount Olive 3-15
Basketball (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 49-80
Basketball (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 89-104
Softball vs BARTON 11-3
Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 4-6
Lacrosse (W) @ UVA-Wise 12-13
Softball vs BARTON 11-0
Tennis (W) @ Elon 0-7
Track/Field @ SAC Indoor Championships
Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 1 (Carolina CC)
Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC)
Baseball @ Mount Olive 3 p.m.
Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 4 p.m.
Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 2 p.m.
Basketball (W) @ Newberry 6 p.m.
Basketball (M) @ Newberry 8 p.m.
Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1)
Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.
Tennis (M) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.
Lacrosse (M) vs. CHOWAN 3 p.m.
Baseball vs. COKER 6 p.m.
Lacrosse (W) vs. ROLLINS 7 p.m.
Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2)
Baseball vs. COKER 1 p.m.
Softball vs USC AIKEN 1 p.m.
Basketball (W) @ Mars Hill 2 p.m.
Softball vs USC AIKEN 3 p.m.
Baseball vs. COKER 4 p.m.
Basketball (M) @ Mars Hill 4 p.m.
Softball vs YOUNG HARRIS 1 p.m.
Lacrosse (M) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 1 p.m.
Softball vs. YOUNG HARRIS 3 p.m.
Basketball (M) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)
Basketball (W) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)
Lacrosse (W) @ Belmont Abbey 3 p.m.
Baseball @ UNC Pembroke 3 p.m.
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