C-USA Announces Preseason Softball Poll and Team
Jan. 28, 2014
IRVING, Texas - Defending Conference USA regular season champion UAB has been selected the preseason favorite to repeat as the league's top team by a vote of the conference's 13 head coaches. Tulsa senior infielder Jill Barrett has been tabbed Preseason Player of the Year, while fellow senior Hurricane Aimee Creger was named Preseason Pitcher of the Year.
UAB earned seven first-place votes and is ranked No. 21 in the nation in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Softball Preseason Poll. The Blazers are coming off their best season in school history, posting a 40-19 record in 2013, claiming the Conference USA regular season title (19-4) and advancing to the program's first NCAA Super Regional.
Tulsa garnered five top votes in the conference, is receiving votes in the USA Today/NFCA poll, and boasts both the C-USA Preseason Player and Pitcher of the Year. Barrett started all 59 games at third base for the Golden Hurricane in 2013, earning all-region and all-conference distinction. She led the league in batting average (.415) and hits (83), and accounted for 42 runs, 31 RBI, 12 doubles, one triple and two homeruns.
Creger totaled 36 appearances in 2013, making 31 starts, en route to C-USA Pitcher of the Year accolades. She posted a 25-7 mark, pitching 26 complete games, compiling a league-best 1.15 ERA (5th, NCAA) and .176 opposing batting average in 200.2 innings pitched. Creger struck out 286 batters, averaging 9.98 strikeouts/seven innings.
2014 Conference USA Preseason Poll (1st place votes)
2014 All-Conference USA Preseason Softball Team
2014 All-Conference USA Preseason Player of the Year
Jill Barrett, Tulsa, Sr., IF, Greenwood, Ark.
2014 All-Conference USA Preseason Pitcher of the Year