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Utah State Places Two on Preseason All-WAC Softball Team


Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013


Utah State softball player Christine Thomsen
Senior infielder Christine Thomsen garners preseason conference honors. (photo from Athletics website)

 

Two Utah State [University] softball players garnered preseason honors for all-Western Athletic Conference Team honors Tuesday [Jan. 29]. The WAC office announced the 2013 Preseason all-WAC team, as selected by leagues eight coaches, including USU's senior infielder Christine Thomsen as well as sophomore outfielder Hailey Froton.

 

Thomsen, who proved to be one of the biggest offensive threats in the WAC her junior season 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 Aggie offense in 2013. Thomsen led her squad in hits, runs and total bases.

 

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 crushed the second-most long balls for the Aggie offense, finishing the season with six.

 

Utah State was picked to finished sixth in the preseason coaches poll. In a preseason vote of the Western Athletic Conference softball coaches, league newcomer Texas State edged out San Jose State by one point to win the 2013 WAC regular-season crown.

 

The Bobcats took the top spot in the preseason poll with 43 points and five first-place votes, just ahead of the Spartans in second place with 42 points and two first-place votes. New Mexico State was third with 39 points and one first-place vote. UTSA came in fourth place with 30 points, followed by Louisiana Tech in fifth with 22 points and USU in sixth with 20 points. UT Arlington and Seattle U rounded out the poll with 15 and 13 points, respectively.

 

2013 Preseason Softball Coaches Poll

 

Rank

Teams (1st-Place Votes)

Points

1

Texas State (5)

43

2

San Jose State (2)

42

3

New Mexico State (1)

39

4

UTSA

30

5

Louisiana Tech

22

6

Utah State

20

7

UT Arlington

15

8

Seattle U

13

 

                                   

2013 Preseason Softball All-WAC Team

 

Player

School

Year

Position

Teresa Conrad

New Mexico St.

Sr.

UT

Michelle Cox

San Jose State

Soph.

OF

Hailey Froton

Utah State

Soph.

OF

Melanie Goff

Louisiana Tech

Sr.

P/UT

Anna Hernandez

Texas State

Sr.

2B

Michelle Jones

Louisiana Tech

Sr.

P/UT

Megan Low

UTSA

Soph.

C

Teri Lyles

UT Arlington

Sr.

P

Bubba Morrow

Seattle U

Soph.

C

Amber Olive

New Mexico St.

Sr.

OF

Sarah Petosa

Seattle U

Jr.

OF

Amanda Pridmore

San Jose State

Sr.

P

Haylee Staton

UTSA

Sr.

P

Anne Marie Taylor

Texas State

Sr.

P

Christine Thomsen

Utah State

Sr.

IF

Nina Villanueva

UT Arlington

Soph.

1B

 

 

The Aggies will open their 2013 campaign at the Red Desert Classic on Feb. 8, 2013 in St. George, Utah. Utah State opens the classic with a bout against Southeastern Conference foe Tennessee, who is currently ranked sixth in the preseason USA Today/NFCA Softball Top 25. The Lady Volunteers finished last season with a 52-14 record.

 

Additional Aggie sports news is available at the Athletics website.



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