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Softball Voted 10th in SAC Preseason Poll, Franse Tabbed Second-Team Honoree

Softball Voted 10th in SAC Preseason Poll, Franse Tabbed Second-Team Honoree

ROCK HILL, S.C. --- The Tusculum University softball team has been picked to finish 10th for the second consecutive year, as revealed in the 2020 edition of the South Atlantic Conference Coaches' Poll. Additionally, junior second baseman Brittney Franse earned second-team laurels, her first career league honor.

Franse, a Knoxville, Tenn. native, started 40-of-41 games for the Pioneers in her sophomore season, primarily at second base. The right-hander batted .320, slugged .340, and had an on-base percentage of .366. She went 3-for-3 with three runners batted in, scored two runs, and stole a base at UVa-Wise. Franse also went 3-for-3 versus New Haven and crossed home twice, alongside a double. She finished the year with a fielding percentage of .972 with 74 putouts and 67 assists. Academically, Franse was named to the Division II Athletic Directors Association (D2 ADA) Honor Roll.

The Pioneers received 38 total points in a vote of the conference's 12 head coaches. Defending league regular season champion and regional finalist Lincoln Memorial is the favorite to win the title as the Railsplitters garnered 10 first place votes and 131 points. Carson-Newman is second with 115 points and one first place nod. SAC Tournament winner Anderson landed third in the poll with 100 points, followed by Lenoir-Rhyne (97), Wingate (92), Coker (87), Newberry (78), Queens University of Charlotte (72), Catawba (45), Tusculum, Mars Hill (37), and conference newcomer UVa-Wise (32).

Tusculum returns 13 letter-winners from last year's 22-20 squad that finished last in the league standings with an 8-12 mark.

The Pioneers will open the season at Converse College on the first day of February in an afternoon double-header. Tusculum's first home series is set for one week later versus Davis & Elkins.

For the first time since 2012, Red Edmonds Field will serve as host of the SAC Softball Tournament. The eight-team, single-elimination tournament will be held Apr. 24-25 on the Tusculum campus.

 

2020 Softball Preseason Coaches' Poll

Rank

School (First Place Votes)

Points

1.

Lincoln Memorial (10)

131

2.

Carson-Newman (1)

115

3.

Anderson (1)

100

4.

Lenoir-Rhyne

97

5.

Wingate

92

6.

Coker

87

7.

Newberry

78

8.

Queens

72

9.

Catawba

45

10.

Tusculum

38

11.

Mars Hill

37

12.

UVa-Wise

32

 

2020 Softball Preseason All-Conference

All-SAC First Team

OF – Abby Fiessinger, Carson-Newman
OF – McKenzie Barneycastle, Newberry
OF – Emma Swenson, Wingate
1B – Mary Claire Coyne, Wingate
2B – Ty-Kella Goins, Lincoln Memorial
SS – Talon LaClair, Lenoir-Rhyne
3B – Hannah Davis, Newberry
DP – Kayson Boatner, Anderson 
UTL – Aubrey Reep, Wingate
C – Kylee Leonhardt, Lenoir-Rhyne
P – Courtney Pearson, Queens
P – Isabelle Mullen, Coker

All-SAC Second Team

OF – Savannah Moorefield, Lenoir-Rhyne
OF – Chloe Pelham, Coker
OF – Jordan Floyd, Wingate
1B – Haley Simonds, Newberry
2B – Brittney Franse, Tusculum
SS – Sierra Hucklebee, Lincoln Memorial
3B –  Emma Webb, Lincoln Memorial
DP – McKenzie McCullen, Queens
UTL – Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman
C – KaraLynne Levi, Carson-Newman
P – Kayla Pepper, Anderson
P – Selice Daley, Newberry

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