Eric Lopez previews the 2016 North Florida Ospreys season with Head Coach Marcie Hickey, who is entering his 7th season at North Florida, talks to Lopez about the following.
- Outlook of the 2016 season
- Who are some of the players to look for this season?
- Breaking down UNF’s schedule
- The outlook of the A-Sun Conference.
- The Growth of the Program
The Ospreys enter 2016 led by the A-Sun Preseason Player of the Year in Stacy McClelland. McClelland is the returning conference leader in both batting average (.399) and home runs (13), while ranking second among returners in RBIs with 47 a season ago.
McClelland is join by fellow senior Shelby Duncan who finished 2015 with 72 hits in 59 games whch was best in the A-Sun. Duncan finished second in the A-Sun in doubles on the year with 15, while boasting a batting average of .379 which ranked 7th in the A-Sun.
The Ospreys pitching staff is very young with losses of Kaylie Wallace and Kayla Goff who combined for 26 of 31 wins the Ospreys had last year.
The Ospreys were picked 5th 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