DENVER (Jan. 29) - The New Mexico State softball team was picked to finish third overall in the 2013 Western Athletic Conference preseason poll, while two Aggies were named to the preseason All-WAC team, the conference announced Tuesday.
Senior standouts Amber Olive and Teresa Conrad were named to the all-conference team, marking the second honor for Conrad and first for Olive. The preseason All-WAC team is selected by the coaches in the conference.
Olive finished her junior campaign leading the Aggies with a .374 hitting average with 67 hits on the season for a .419 slugging percentage. She collected 29 runs for NM State, another team high for 2012 while playing in each of the Aggies 51 games during the season. She worked for nine stolen bases and 13 RBI for the Aggies while striking out just nine times on the year. She had a season-high of four hits against Seton Hall (3/3) with two steals.
Starting 41 games for the Aggies during her junior campaign, Conrad tallied 10 runs and seven RBI in her 48 games on the season. She crossed the plate three times in the Aggies win over No. 14 Arizona and picked up her lone homer of the season. Starting the majority of conference play at the shortstop position, Conrad picked up two doubles and three runs with three RBI against Nevada, helping the team to a 12-4 win over the Wolfpack.
Along with the individual honor the Aggies received, the team was selected to finish third overall in the WAC behind Texas State and San Jose State. New to the conference this year, the Texas State Bobcats claimed the Southland Conference title in 2012 and received five votes for this year's poll.
2013 Preseason Softball Coaches Poll
Rank Teams (1st-Place Votes) Points
1. Texas State (5) 43
2. San Jose State (2) 42
3. New Mexico State (1) 39
4. UTSA 30
5. Louisiana Tech 22
6. Utah State 20
7. UT Arlington 15
8. Seattle U 13
2013 Preseason Softball All-WAC Team
|Teresa Conrad||NM State||Sr||UT|
|Michelle Cox||San Jose State||So||OF|
|Hailey Froton||Utah State||So||OF|
|Melanie Goff||Louisiana Tech||Sr||P/UT|
|Anna Hernandez||Texas State||Sr||2B|
|Michelle Jones||Louisiana Tech||Sr||P/UT|
|Teri Lyles||UT Arlington||Sr||P|
|Bubba Morrow||Seattle U||So||C|
|Amber Olive||NM State||Sr||OF|
|Sarah Petosa||Seattle U||Jr||OF|
|Amanda Pridmore||San Jose State||Sr||P|
|Annie Marie Taylor||Texas State||Sr||P|
|Christine Thomsen||Utah State||Sr||IF|
|Nina Villanueva||UT Arlington||So||1B|