DALLAS, TX— The defending C-USA Softball Tournament Champions have been picked to finish third in the league in 2014. Marshall is ranked third in Conference USA preseason coaches’ poll.
The Herd captured its first C-USA title last season and earned a trip to the NCAA tournament and narrowly lost battles with Virginia Tech and Kentucky in the regionals.
Kaelynn Greene and Shaelynn Braxton were voted to preseason all-conference team. Greene led Marshall with a .354 batting average in 2013 and swiped 13 bases.
Braxton blasted five homers and drove in 18 runs las season as a freshman.
C-USA Coaches picked UAB to win the conference this year. The Blazers received seven first place votes. Tulsa was ranked second, receiving five first place votes.
2014 Conference USA Preseason Poll (1st place votes)
1. UAB (7)
2. Tulsa (5)
4. East Carolina (1)
5. North Texas
7. Florida Atlantic
8. Louisiana Tech
11. Southern Miss
13. Middle Tennessee
2014 All-Conference USA Preseason Softball Team
P – Aimee Creger, Tulsa, Sr.
P – Lannah Campbell, UAB, Sr.
C – Megan Low, UTSA, Jr.
IF – Chelsea Ingersoll, Charlotte, Sr.
IF – Brooke Foster, North Texas, Sr.
IF – Jill Barrett, Tulsa, Sr.
IF – Caitlin Attfield, UAB, So.
OF – Kaelynn Greene, Marshall, So.
OF – Haley Henshaw, Tulsa, Sr.
OF – Darian Blake, UTSA, Sr.
DP – Erin Kipp, Louisiana Tech, Sr.
UT – Anna Cross, Louisiana Tech, So.
UT – Shaelynn Braxton, Marshall, So.