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MEAC ANNOUNCES SOFTBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS
Written By: MEAC Media Relations         Release: 04/02/2014
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NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk State Spartans were predicted to win the northern division in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), the conference announced on Wednesday. Florida A&M was chosen to finish first in the southern division, as voted on by the conference’s head softball coaches and sports information directors.

Savannah State’s Torrian Wright was selected as the conference's Preseason Player of the Year, while Jailynn Jackson earned Preseason Pitcher of the Year accolades.

Wright was selected the 2013 MEAC Rookie of the Year after registering 51 hits, 37 runs and 21 walks. The three-time MEAC Rookie of the Week also had nine doubles. Defensively, Wright recorded 199 putouts. She led her team in slugging percentage (.861).

Jackson started 32 games as a sophomore, compiling a 2.62 ERA in 214.1 innings and a 26-12 (13-1 MEAC) record. Jackson was the 2013 MEAC Pitcher of the Year and selected to the All-MEAC Second Team. She led the MEAC with 250 strikeouts, 246 innings pitched, 25 complete games, and 26 wins.

Norfolk State was the 2013 MEAC Softball Tournament Runner-up. The Spartans finished the season with a 31-22 record.

Hampton was picked to finish second in the northern division, followed by Delaware State in third. Coppin State, Morgan State, Howard, and Maryland Eastern Shore complete the northern division predictions.

Florida A&M captured the second seed in the 2013 MEAC Softball Championship. The Lady Rattlers finished the 2013 season with a 10-4 MEAC mark and a 20-33 overall record. FAMU has won nine MEAC Softball Championships.

Bethune-Cookman was picked to finish second in the southern division, followed by Savannah State, North Carolina A&T, South Carolina State and North Carolina Central.

Wright (SSU) and Jackson (Hampton) are joined by Jamie Schulle (NSU), Sabrina Edmonds (NCAT), Nicole Gazzola (DSU), Whitney Williams (NSU), Margaret Wilkins (Hampton), Heather Dunning (NSU), Raven Smith (NCAT), Jessica Madrid (DSU), and Rochelle Sablay (DSU) on the 2014 Preseason All-MEAC team.

The 2014 MEAC Softball Championship tournament is scheduled for May 8-10, 2014 at the Ormond Beach Sports Complex in Ormond Beach, Florida.

 

 

Preseason Player of the Year: Torrian Wright, Savannah State
Preseason Pitcher of the Year: Jailynn Jackson, Hampton
 
2014 Predicted Order of Finish
(First-Place Votes In Parenthesis) 

 

Northern Division                                                                                   Southern Division                                  

 

School

Points

School

Points

Norfolk State (8)

243

Florida A&M (8)

223

Hampton (11)

218

Bethune-Cookman (8)

207

Delaware State (3)

186

Savannah State (6)

203

Coppin State (1)

151

North Carolina A&T

146

Morgan State

132

South Carolina State

129

Howard

115

North Carolina Central

119

Maryland E. Shore

111

   

 

First Team

Pos.

Name

School

Class

Ht.

Hometown

P

Jailynn Jackson

Hampton

Jr.

5-8

Virginia Beach, Va.

P

Jamie Schulle

Norfolk State

Jr.

5-7

Maxwell, Texas

C

Sabrina Edmonds

North Carolina A&T

Sr.

5-8

Riverside, Calif.

1B

Torrian Wright

Savannah State

So.

5-6

McDonough, Ga.

2B

Nicole Gazzola

Delaware State

So.

5-4

Coram, N.Y.

3B

Whitney Williams

Norfolk State

So.

5-6

Fort Oaks, N.C.

SS

Margaret Wilkins

Hampton

Sr.

5-10

Tustin, Calif.

OF

Heather Dunning

Norfolk State

So.

5-6

Virginia Beach, Va.

OF

Raven Smith

North Carolina A&T

Jr.

5-3

Raleigh, N.C.

OF

Jessica Madrid

Delaware State

Jr.

5-6

Santa Ana, Calif.

UTL

Rochelle Sablay

Delaware State

So.

5-5

La Mirada, Calif.

 

Second Team

Pos.

Name

School

Class

Ht.

Hometown

P

Rachel Meagley

Delaware State

Sr.

5-7

Spokane, Wash.

P

Vianny Gomez

South Carolina State

So.

5-4

Antioch, Calif.

C

Kathy Cortez

Norfolk State

Sr.

5-3

Pomona, Calif.

1B

Taylor McCoy

Hampton

So.

5-11

Riverview, Fla.

2B

Antonette Smith

Savannah State

So.

5-5

Ellenwood, Ga.

3B

Amber Hallman

Savannah State

Jr.

5-6

Kennesaw, Ga.

SS

Morgan King

Maryland E. Shore

Jr.

5-4

Danville, Ill.

OF

Morgan Boyd

Norfolk State

Jr.

5-3

Chesapeake, Va.

OF

Heather Josker

Coppin State

Sr.

5-1

San Jacinto, Calif.

OF

Calesha Shelley

Bethune-Cookman

Jr.

5-3

Suisun City, Calif.

UTL

Vanessa Gomez

Maryland E. Shore

So.

5-4

Belleville, N.J,

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