Huntsville, Ala. – With a league-high six preseason all-conference players, the University of Alabama in Huntsville softball team has been selected to finish second in the Gulf South Conference in 2013, the league office announced Wednesday.
In voting conducted by the GSC’s head coaches, the Chargers narrowly trailed the favored Valdosta State as Les Stuedeman’s squad received three of the eight available first-place votes and three second-place votes en route to totaling 42 points in the poll.
Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.
Valdosta State garnered five of the eight first place votes, tallying 47 points, while West Alabama came in third with 36 points. West Florida (32 points) and North Alabama (22 points) rounded out the top five, and they were followed by Delta State (21 points), West Georgia (16 points), and Christian Brothers (seven points).
The Preseason All-GSC Team features a group of Chargers who were all selected to the all-GSC team at the end of the 2012 season and includes seniors Whitney Gilbert, Cortney McNett, Kathryn Whitlock and Abby MacKay along with juniors Whitney Toler and Mary Kelley.
Gilbert finished last season ranked second in the GSC in opposing batting average (.240) while posting an 18-7 record and 122 strikeouts. Registering a 19-8 mark on the season, Toler led the GSC in fewest walks allowed with just 36 on the year.
With a .404 batting average that was the fourth-best in the conference, McNett earned all-GSC honors during her first season in the Blue and White, and Whitlock was fourth in the league with 13 home runs. MacKay was an offensive force as well, belting 11 homers while notching a .689 slugging percentage, and Kelley led the GSC – and finished 12th in the country – with 23 doubles.
The Chargers are bolstered by three newcomers including freshman pitcher Kim Jack, freshman utility player Brianna Sullivan, and a transfer junior first baseman Nicole Bobrowski.
Jack played her high school career at Carter High School in Knoxville, Tenn., while Sullivan comes to UAH from Bob Jones High School. Bobrowski transfers to Huntsville after spending time at Samford in Birmingam, Ala.
The Chargers will open the 2013 slate with a pair of games on Saturday, Feb. 9, as they will travel to Dahlonega, Ga., to take on North Georgia and Lander.
Courtesy UAH Media Relations