College Sports Madness Tabs Three Aggies to Preseason All-WAC Softball Team
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013
USU Sophomore Hailey Froton was honored in preseason poll. (photo from Athletics website)
College Sports Madness announced its preseason all-Western Athletic Conference softball team this week [Jan. 14] and three Utah State athletes were selected as preseason honorees. The staff at College Sports Madness has picked the top softball players in each conference. These players are expected to make significant contributions to their team in the upcoming season.
First-team honors were given to senior infielder Christine Thomsen, who proved to be one of the biggest offensive threats in the WAC her junior season. Thomsen posted a league-leading .418 batting average to go along with only seven strikeouts last season. The senior will continue to pack the punch for the middle of the Utah State offense in 2013.
Harmon will anchor the starting rotation for USU this upcoming season relying on her experience to lead the Aggie pitching staff in 2013. Harmon tallied 100 strikeouts in 139-innings of work last season.
Froton came on strong late last season for Utah State, as she put together a head-turning freshman campaign. Froton registered a .274 batting average last season, which was the third-highest by a USU player. The outfielder will look to continue to progress and help her squad offensively. Froton also has the second most homeruns on her team season with six long balls.
The Aggies will open the 2013 campaign at the Red Desert Classic Feb. 8 in St. George, Utah. Utah State will open the classic with a bout against Southeastern Conference foe Tennessee.
2013 College Madness WAC Preseason All-Conference Teams
Field Player of the Year — Haley Lemons, Texas State
Pitcher of the Year — Amanda Pridmore, San Jose State
Freshman of the Year — Rebecca Stokes, Texas-Arlington
Coach of the Year — Ricci Woodard, Texas State
P — Amanda Pridmore, San Jose State
P — Anne Marie Taylor, Texas State
P — Teri Lyles, Texas-Arlington
IF — Anna Hernandez, Texas State
IF — Melanie Goff, Louisiana Tech
IF — Bubba Morrow, Seattle
IF — Christine Thomsen, Utah State
IF — Haley Lemons, Texas State
OF — Michelle Cox, San Jose State
OF — Sarah Petosa, Seattle
OF — Brooke Baker, Texas State
UT — Malena Padilla, New Mexico State
P — Haylee Staton, Texas-San Antonio
P — Mandy Harmon, Utah State
P — Michelle Jones, Louisiana Tech
IF — Lisa Maulden, Seattle
IF — Megan Low, Texas-San Antonio
IF — Brianna Guerrero, Seattle
IF — Courtney Buchman, Texas-San Antonio
IF — Jessica Garcia, San Jose State
OF — Hailey Froton, Utah State
OF — Rebecca Stokes, Texas-Arlington
OF — Amber Olive, New Mexico State
UT — Kelsey Dodd, New Mexico State
Additional Aggie sports news is available at the Athletics website.