Feb. 4, 2013
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University softball senior Taylor Fawbush was named to the Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference team, the league office announced Monday.
Fawbush made the team as a utility player, having seen time at first base, pitcher, designated player and both corner outfield positions in 2012. She was a second team all-conference selection at the end of last season at the same position. The Winter Garden, FL native hit .310 with a .422 on-base percentage and had a team high 11 doubles as a junior. She also led the team in wins as a pitcher with six.
It is the second consecutive season in a row that Fawbush was named to the preseason all-conference team. She made the team as a pitcher prior to the 2012 campaign. As a team, The Owls were picked to finish 7th in the conference in a poll of the league's head coaches. FAU finished 8th in the conference last season, but return their entire pitching staff as well as leading hitter Stephanie Call.
The Owls begin the 2013 season on Friday at the USF-Wilson DeMarini Opening Day Tournament in Tampa, FL. Live stats will be available at www.fausports.com.
2013 PRESEASON ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE TEAM
Jordan Wallace (Louisiana-Lafayette, Sophomore, P)
Hannah Campbell (South Alabama, Junior, P)
Sarah Draheim (Louisiana-Lafayette, Senior, C)
Matte Haack (Louisiana-Lafayette, Senior, 1B)
Kayla Toney (Middle Tennessee, Junior, 2B)
Nerissa Myers (Louisiana-Lafayette, Senior, SS)
Natalie Fernandez (Louisiana-Lafayette, Junior, 3B)
Jessy Alfonso (FIU, Senior, OF)
Brianna Cherry (Louisiana-Lafayette, Senior, OF)
Blair Johnson (South Alabama, Sophomore, OF)
Kelsie Mattox (WKU, Junior, OF)
Taylor Fawbush (Florida Atlantic, Senior, UT/DP)
Kayla Burri (FIU, Senior, At-Large)
Brie Rojas (FIU, Senior, At-Large)
Britney Campbell (South Alabama, Senior, At-Large)
Hannah Renn (Troy, Senior, At-Large)
Karavin Dew (WKU, Senior, At-Large)
PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Nerissa Myers, Louisiana-Lafayette
PRESEASON PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Jordan Wallace, Louisiana-Lafayette
2013 PRESEASON SUN BELT COACHES POLL
Voted on by the league's head coaches (First place votes in parenthesis)
1. Louisiana-Lafayette - 81 (9)
2. South Alabama - 71
3. FIU - 52
4. Troy - 49
5. North Texas - 48
6. WKU - 43
7. Florida Atlantic - 25
8. Louisiana-Monroe - 24
9. Middle Tennessee - 12
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