Softball Picked Sixth In WAC Preseason Poll

DENVER - The San Jose State softball team was picked tied for sixth in the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Preseason Poll, as selected by a vote of the conference's head softball coaches.

The Spartans finished the 2011 season with a 19-35 overall record and a 5-11 WAC mark.  The team returns 14 letterwinners from that team as well as pitcher Amanda Pridmore who missed the 2011 season with a knee injury.  The team also welcomes nine new players including Michelle Cox who is a member of the Australian national team, and Vanessa House who helped lead Yavapai College to a national championship last year.

San Jose State begins the 2012 season next Thursday, February 9, against preseason #1 Arizona State at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.  The Spartans will be tested the first two weeks of the year as five of the team's first 10 opponents are ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Top-25 Preseason Poll.


Fresno State took the top spot in the preseason poll with 44 points and three first-place votes. Hawai'i came in second, picking up two first-place votes and 42 points, followed by New Mexico State in third place with 37 points and two first-place votes. Brigham Young received the other first-place vote and came in fourth place with 35 points. Nevada was picked to finish fifth with 20 points, followed by San Jose State and Louisiana Tech tied for sixth with 17 points each. Utah State rounded out the poll in eighth place with 12 points.

The preseason all-WAC team was also announced.

 
2012 WAC Preseason Poll

Rank

Team (1st-place votes)

Points

1

Fresno State (3)

44

2

Hawai'i (2)

42

3

New Mexico State (2)

37

4

Brigham Young (1)

35

5

Nevada

20

T-6.

Louisiana Tech

17

T-6.

San Jose State

17

8

Utah State

12

   
2012 Preseason All-WAC Team

Player

School

Yr.

Pos.

Teresa Conrad

New Mexico St.

Jr.

SS/1B

Carly Duckworth

Brigham Young

So.

OF

Jessica Dugas

Brigham Young

Sr.

OF

Jessica Iwata

Hawai'i

Jr.

SS

Tiare Jennings

New Mexico St.

Sr.

OF

Michelle Moses

Fresno State

Sr.

P/1B

Andrea Ortega

Fresno State

Sr.

OF

Stephanie Ricketts

Hawai'i

Sr.

P

Valerie Swedberg

New Mexico St.

So.

 OF

Alex Aguirre

Hawai'i

Sr.

OF

Janna Frandrup

Louisiana Tech

Jr.

P/2B

Erin Jones

Nevada

Jr.

3B

Allison Lenzora

Utah State

So.

IF

Kelly Majam

Hawai'i

Jr.

OF

Brooke Ortiz

Fresno State

So.

2B/3B

Kassy Uchida

Utah State

So.

UT