This Week in WAC Softball - Feb. 5
Louisiana Tech will host the 2013 WAC Softball Tournament. The top six teams will advance to the double-elimination tournament, which will be held at the Lady Techsters Softball Complex from May 7-10. It is the first time the Lady Techsters have hosted the event.
Second-seeded Brigham Young claimed its first-ever WAC Tournament title last season in Las Cruces, N.M., to earn the WAC’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
TEXAS STATE PICKED TO WIN 2013 WAC TITLE
In a preseason vote of the WAC 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 San Jose State 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 Utah State in sixth with 20 points. UT Arlington and Seattle U rounded out the poll with 15 and 13 points, respectively.
RETURNING ALL-CONFERENCE PLAYERS
Three of the first team All-WAC players from last year return for the 2013 season in Louisiana Tech’s Melanie Goff, San Jose State’s Amanda Pridmore and Utah State’s Christine Thomsen. Michelle Cox of San Jose State is the lone returner from the second team.
Seattle U’s Bubba Morrow and Sarah Petosa were named first team All-Pacific Coast Softball Conference Mountain Division, while teammates Lisa Maulden, Brianna Guerrero and Mandie Sugita were named to the second team. Megan Low of UTSA was named first team All-Southland. Meanwhile, Texas State’s Haley Lemons, Anna Hernandez, Brooke Baker and Anne Marie Taylor, along with Teri Lyles of UT Arlington, were named second team All-Southland. UTSA’s Courtney Buchman and Haylee Staton, and Texas State’s Selena Hernandez were named third team All-Southland.