Jan. 23, 2013
IRVING, Texas – Marshall softball third baseman Jazmine Valle has been named to the All-Conference USA Preseason Team, the conference office announced Wednesday.
Valle was named thanks to her strong 2012 season in which she batted .280 while posting team-highs with 44 runs batted in and 10 home runs. Her 44 RBI were also a career-high and the eighth best total in Thundering Herd history.
The Lake Elsinore, Calif. native was named to last season’s C-USA second team. This is her second appearance on a C-USA Preseason Team. She appeared on the squad in 2011 after a stellar freshman campaign.
Marshall, as a team, was voted to finish fifth in the nine team conference. The Herd had a record of 36-21 (15-9 C-USA) last season, finishing third in the regular season and was runner-ups in the C-USA tournament, falling 3-2 to Tulsa in the championship game.
The Golden Hurricane was picked to repeat with Houston voted to finish second. UCF and UAB were selected to finish third and fourth respectively.
Each of the four teams that were picked in front of the Herd will be the squads that MU will face on the road during conference play this season.
The preseason poll and team are selected by the nine C-USA head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players.
The Herd’s 2013 season begins Feb. 8 in Tampa, Fla. in the USF-Demarini Tournament. Marshall will face two top-15 teams on its opening day. No. 15 Michigan will be MU’s opening act at 12:15 p.m. while the host and no. 12 USF will await at 2:30 p.m.
2013 C-USA Preseason Poll (1st place votes)
2013 All-Conference USA Preseason Softball Team
- Tulsa (6)
- Houston (1)
- East Carolina (1)
- Memphis (1)
- Southern Miss
P Lacey Middlebrooks, Tulsa, Sr., Wake Village, Texas
P Mackenzie Audas, UCF, So., Plant City, Fla.
C Haley Outon, Houston, Jr., Pflugerville, Texas
IF Samantha Cobb, Tulsa, Sr., Garland, Texas
IF Jill Barrett, Tulsa, Jr., Greenwood, Ark.
IF Holly Anderson, Houston, Sr., Dickinson, Texas
IF Laura Curtis, Memphis, Sr., Chattanooga, Tenn.
IF Farrah Sullivan, UCF, So., Waynesboro, Miss.
IF Jazmine Valle, Marshall, Sr., Lake Elsinore, Calif.
OF Caitlin Everett, Tulsa, Sr., Forney, Texas
OF Whitney Fletcher, UAB, Sr., Decatur, Ala.
OF Jill Jelnick, East Carolina, Jr., Aliso Viejo, Calif.
OF Kahley Novak, UCF, So., Clermont, Fla.
UT Kristen McGrath, UAB, Jr., Tampa, Fla.
DP Reina Gaber, Houston, Sr., Whittier, Calif.
Preseason Player of the Year: Haley Outon, Houston, Jr., Pflugerville, Texas
Preseason Pitcher of the Year: Lacey Middlebrooks, Tulsa, Sr., Wake Village, Texas