Cougars Tabbed 4th in WAC Preseason Poll

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DENVER – The Western Athletic Conference softball coaches have picked the BYU softball team to finish fourth and Fresno State to win the 2012 WAC regular-season crown.

In addition, senior Jessica Dugas and sophomore Carly Duckworth were named to the preseason All-WAC team. Both players earned All-Mountain West Conference honors following the 2011 season.

In its first season as members of the WAC, the Cougars earned one first-place vote and 35 points. 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. Nevada was picked to finish fifth with 20 points, followed by San Jose State and Louisiana Tech tied for sixth with 17 points apiece. Utah State rounded out the poll in eighth place with 12 points.

BYU took the MWC championship each of the last three seasons and has played in the NCAA tournament every year since 2005.
 

2012 WAC Preseason Poll
Team (first-place votes) Points
1. Fresno State (3) 44
2. Hawai'i (2) 42
3. New Mexico State (2) 37
4. BYU (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 Year Position
Teresa Conrad New Mexico State Jr. SS/1B
Carly Duckworth BYU So. OF
Jessica Dugas BYU Sr. OF/3B
Jessica Iwata Hawai'i Jr. SS
Tiare Jennings New Mexico State 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 State 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. INF
Kelly Majam Hawai'i Jr. OF
Brooke Ortiz Fresno State So. 2B/3B
Kassy Uchida Utah State So. UT