Headlined by Southern Conference player of the year Michelle Fuzzard, the UTC Lady Mocs placed a record nine players on the All-SoCon softball teams Monday.
Fuzzard, the Lady Mocs senior designated player and pitcher, became the league’s first two-time player of the year award winner since Furman's Julie Glasser in 1995-97. After winning the league's highest honor a year ago, Fuzzard delivered another stellar campaign in 2012. The four-time SoCon first-team selection ranks in the top five in the conference in batting average (.424), hits (59), runs (48), homers (14), doubles (16), total bases (117), walks (37) and slugging (.872).
Fuzzard is joined on the All-SoCon first team by senior catcher Vivian Morimoto, junior second baseman Sara Poteat and junior first baseman Kasey Tydingco.
Five Lady Mocs—senior shortstop Jessica Traxler, sophomore outfielder Stephanie Rieck, freshmen pitcher Taylor Deason, third baseman Sarah Beth Roberts and outfielder Cheyenne Willis—were named to the All-SoCon second team.
The previous record for number of all-conference selections was eight, set in 2008 by Georgia Southern.
In addition to their second-team nods, Deason, Roberts and Willis were also named to the SoCon all-freshman team.
Having closed the regular season with a three-game sweep of UNC Greensboro, UTC brings a nine-game winning streak into the Southern Conference tournament beginning Wednesday. The second-seeded Lady Mocs are 37-14 overall and 20-2 in league play and will face seventh-seeded Elon in the conference tournament.
Boasting a lineup with all nine starters batting over .300, the Lady Mocs lead the country with a .353 team batting average. UTC has also tied the school record for home runs in a season with 58.
More on the Southern Conference regular-season awards here.
2012 Southern Conference Softball All-Conference Teams
Pitcher: Stephanie Saylors, College of Charleston
Pitcher: Sarah Purvis, Georgia Southern
Catcher: Vivian Morimoto, Chattanooga
1st Base: Kasey Tydingco, Chattanooga
2nd Base: Sara Poteat, Chattanooga
Shortstop: Megan Rembielak, Appalachian State
3rd Base: Jessie Homesley, Furman
Outfield: Allie Cashion, Appalachian State
Outfield: Marie Fogle, Georgia Southern
Outfield: Erin Foster, Western Carolina
Designated Player: Michelle Fuzzard, Chattanooga
Utility Player: Sarah Warnock, Appalachian State
Pitcher: Hope Klicker, College of Charleston
Pitcher: Taylor Deason, Chattanooga
Catcher: Michelle Lighton, Appalachian State
1st Base: Amanda Lonergan, College of Charleston
2nd Base: Hanna Ennis, Georgia Southern
Shortstop: Jessica Traxler, Chattanooga
3rd Base: Sarah Beth Roberts, Chattanooga
Outfield: Tomeka Watson, Elon
Outfield: Stephanie Rieck, Chattanooga
Outfield: Cheyenne Willis, Chattanooga
Designated Player: Katelyn Bedwell, UNCG
Utility Player: Lauren Collier, Furman
Caroline Rogers, Appalachian State
Sarah Warnock, Appalachian State
Hope Klicker, College of Charleston
Allison Pedigo, College of Charleston
Mackenzie Maples, College of Charleston
Brooke Red, Georgia Southern
Madison Dickey, Samford
Taylor Deason, Chattanooga
Sarah Beth Roberts, Chattanooga
Cheyenne Willis, Chattanooga
Player of the Year
Michelle Fuzzard, Chattanooga
Pitcher of the Year
Sarah Purvis, Georgia Southern
Freshman of the Year
Sarah Warnock, Appalachian State
Coach of the Year
Annie Smith, Georgia Southern