Eric Lopez previews the 2016 Stetson Hatters season with Head Coach Frank Griffin, who is entering his 20th season at Stetson, talks to Lopez about the following.
- Outlook of the 2016 season
- Who are some of the players to look for this season?
- Breaking down Stetson’s schedule
- The outlook of the A-Sun Conference.
The Hatters will be led by senior Kayla Drury who batted .355 last season with a team-high 55 hits to go along with eight doubles, one home run, and 24 RBI. Junior Jessie TenBroeck who sets the tone at the top of the lineup. TenBroeck batted .293 with 38 runs scored and 31 stolen bases last season.
The Hatters pitching staff will be led by sophomore Chelsea Hostetler who was A-Sun All-Freshman team selection in 2015 and was selected as the Facebook Fan Vote Preseason Pitcher of the Year this year.
The Hatters were picked 4th in the A-Sun Preseason Poll.
Preseason Softball Coaches Poll
Pl. Team (1st Place Votes) Points
1. Lipscomb (6) 48
2. USC Upstate (1) 41
3. Kennesaw State 31
4. Stetson 25
5. North Florida 19
6t. FGCU 16
6t. Jacksonville 16
Preseason Atlantic Sun All-Conference Team
Lexi Shubert, P, USC Upstate
Tanner Sanders, P, Lipscomb
Courtney Sutter, C, Kennesaw State
Stacy McClelland, INF, North Florida
Megan Veringa, INF, Kennesaw State
Kayla Drury, INF, Stetson
Jessie Tenbroeck, INF, Stetson
Brittany Elmore, OF, Lipscomb
Shelby Duncan, OF, North Florida
Jazz Vasquez, OF, Stetson
Karla Beasley, UTIL/DP, USC Upstate
Preseason Player of the Year: Stacy McClelland, North Florida
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Brittany Hawn, Stetson
Preseason Pitcher of the Year: Lexi Shubert, USC Upstate