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GSU Eagles picked first in SoCon poll

2014 SoCon Preseason poll
1. Georgia Southern (7)    49
2. UNCG                 40
3. Appalachian State (1)    35
4. Chattanooga             31
5. Furman                 24
6. Samford                 20
7. Elon                 14
8. Western Carolina         11

Preseason Player of the Year
    Lindsay Thomas, Catcher, UNCG

Preseason Pitcher of the Year
    Sarah Purvis, Georgia Southern

Preseason 1st team All-SoCon
P Sarah Purvis, GSU
P Raeanne Hanks, UNCG
C Lindsay Thomas, UNCG
1B Lindsay Loudermilk, App State
2B Taylor Jenkins, Furman
SS Kourtny Thomas, GSU
3B Sarah Beth Roberts, Chattanooga
OF Carleigh Nester, Elon
OF Allison Geiner, UNCG
OF Sam Taylor, Chattanooga
DP Katelyn Bedwell, UNCG
UT Emily Cameron, Elon

Preseason 2nd team All-SoCon
P Lauren Collier, Furman
P Mollie Hanson, Samford
C Sarah Warnock, AppState
1B Taylor Sigmon, Western Carolina
2B Lauren Oldham, Elon
SS Alyssa Taylor, Chattanooga
3B Johanna Spencer, Elon
OF Ambree Muller, Furman
OF Nikki Legg, Furman
OF Tatiana Alcala, UNCG
OF Stephanie Rieck, Chattanooga
DP Shelby Morrill, GSU

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Georgia Southern Softball has been picked as the preseason favorite by the Southern Conference coaches.
    Sarah Purvis was named Preseason Pitcher of the Year while Kourtny Thomas and Shelby Morrill each garnered spots on the preseason all-conference team.
    Georgia Southern was picked as the preseason favorite for the second-straight year and won their second-straight league title in 2013 with a dramatic 11-inning win over UNCG in the Championship game. The Eagles picked up the maximum number of first place votes on offer, seven, with coaches not allowed to vote for their own team.
    This is the second-straight preseason Pitcher of the Year award for Purvis who was named SoCon Pitcher of the Year each of the last two seasons.
    Last year Purvis won 18 games and tossed a pair of perfect games — the only two in program history — including one against Hampton in an elimination game in the NCAA Tournament.
    Purvis was also named Preseason All-SoCon first team in the announcement.
    Thomas was named Preseason All-SoCon First Team at shortstop after leading the Eagles last year in home runs with 12. Her final long-ball of the season was the shot that clinched the 11-inning win over UNCG in the SoCon title game.
    Morrill picked up Preseason All-SoCon Second Team at designated player and led the Eagles at the plate last year with a .340 average.
    She hit seven home runs and led the squad with three triples.
    The Eagles open the 2014 campaign, the program’s final season in the SoCon, on Feb. 7, in the Eagle Round Robin Tournament in Statesboro.