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
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Cross Country in CHICK-FIL-A INV. (Salisbury Community Park) M-1st;W-1st
Volleyball @ Florida Southern 1-3
Football @ West Georgia 3-34
Volleyball vs. Wilmington,DE 3-0
Soccer (M) @ Erskine 0-1
Soccer (W) @ USC Aiken 1-0
Soccer (M) @ Mount Olive 1-2
Volleyball vs. Barton 0-3
Soccer (W) vs. BARTON 1-0
Volleyball @ Augusta 0-3
Tennis (W) @ Wingate Inv. (Day 1)
Tennis (M) @ Wingate Inv. (Day 1)
Volleyball vs. West Alabama 0-3
Football @ Winston-Salem State 34-7
Soccer (M) @ USC Aiken 3-0
Tennis (M) @ Wingate Inv. (Day 2)
Tennis (W) @ Wingate Inv. (Day 2)
Soccer (W) vs. FRANCIS MARION 3-1
Golf (W) @ Anderson Inv. - Day 1 (Cobbs Glen CC)
Golf (M) @ Coker Inv. - Day 1 (Camden CC)
Golf (W) @ Anderson Inv. - Day 2 (Cobbs Glen CC) 2nd of 9
Golf (M) @ Coker Inv. - Day 2 (Camden CC) 13th of 14
Volleyball vs. WINGATE 2-3
Soccer (W) vs. NEWBERRY 4-1
Soccer (M) vs. NEWBERRY 0-3
Cross Country @ Winthrop Invitational, ccd. 9 a.m.
Soccer (W) @ Mars Hill, ppd. 1 p.m.
Swimming @ SAA Open Water, ccd. 4 p.m.
Football vs. UNC PEMBROKE, ccd. 7 p.m.
Golf (M) @ Queens Inv. ccd.
Volleyball @ Queens 3-2
Soccer (W) @ Queens 1-0
Soccer (M) @ Queens 2-8
Tennis (M) @ North Greenville 2 p.m.
Tennis (W) @ North Greenville 2 p.m.
Volleyball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 7 p.m.
Golf (W) @ Lady Brave Inv. - Day 1 (Old South GC)
Football @ Mars Hill 1 p.m.
Soccer (M) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 1 p.m.
Volleyball vs. MARS HILL 2 p.m.
Soccer (W) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 3:30 p.m.
Golf (W) @ Lady Brave Inv. - Day 2 (Old South GC)
Golf (M) @ King Inv. - Day 1 (CC of Bristol)
Golf (M) @ King Inv. - Day 2 (CC of Bristol)
Volleyball @ Lincoln Memorial 7 p.m.
Soccer (W) vs. UNC PEMBROKE 5 p.m.
Soccer (M) @ Mars HIll 7 p.m.
Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 1)
Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 1)
Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 2)
Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 2)
Volleyball vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 7 p.m.
Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3)
Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3)
Cross Country @ USC Upstate Invitational 9 a.m.
Football vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 1:30 p.m.
Soccer (W) @ Tusculum 5 p.m.
Soccer (M) @ Tusculum 7 p.m.
Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 4)
Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 4)
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