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GSU softball players chosen for SoCon awards

    Georgia Southern's softball team  picked up a pair of accolades from the Southern Conference on Friday afternoon.
    Senior Marie Fogle, of Rincon, was named SoCon Preseason Player of the Year, while sophomore Allie Miles picked up SoCon Preseason Pitcher of the Year.
    Senior Hanna Ennis earned All-SoCon Preseason Second Team honors, while the Eagles were picked third in the preseason poll by head coaches.
    Fogle, who earned First Team All-SoCon honors a year ago, enters her final season after an impressive junior campaign. Last year, she hit .351 with 14 home runs to rank second in the league. The outfielder carried the Eagles to a 16-8 overall record and third place in the league.
    Miles finished her freshman season with a league-best 170 strikeouts. She posted a 2.74 earned-run average, reducing it from 4.20 at the start of league play. Miles had a string of 26 innings without allowing an earned run late in conference play, and posted a pair of 15-strikeout games, the second-highest single-game total in GSU's history.
    Ennis, who was an All-SoCon Freshman Team selection in 2009, returns for her final season after hitting .306 a year ago. The middle infielder hit six home runs and 12 doubles.
    Chattanooga, which has won the last five regular season titles, was selected first by the league’s coaches to win this season, with College of Charleston finishing second. GSU earned third place with a first-place vote ahead of fourth-place Appalachian State.
    The 2012 SoCon Softball Championship is May 9-12 in Boone, N.C. also honored GSU softball recently by naming Miles the Preseason Pitcher of the Year. The website placed Fogle and Miles on its Preseason All-SoCon First Team.
    GSU opens the 2012 season at noon Feb. 10 against George Washington in Conway, S.C. The Eagles play five games over three days before returning home for a doubleheader against Georgia State at 3 p.m. Feb. 15 at Eagle Field.