Johnson Named To Preseason All-Sun Belt Team

NEW ORLEANS (2/6/12) -  North Texas second baseman Lisa Johnson was named to the 2012 Preseason Softball All-Sun Belt Team as the conference office announced its preseason coaches poll and team on Monday.

Johnson was named to the preseason All-Sun Belt Team for the first time in her career. Johnson has been a fixture at second base the last three years. She has started all but 11 games in her career. The senior holds the single-season and career record at North Texas in walks and is currently fifth in career home runs with 23.

Louisiana-Lafayette was chosen as the favorite to win the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Championship after taking the title the last four years. The Ragin' Cajuns tallied 80 points, receiving eight first-place votes. South Alabama was second with 64 points, and Florida Atlantic closely followed with 62.The Mean Green was ranked seventh with 29 points, 11 points behind fifth-place selections WKU and Troy.

ULL's Christi Orgeron was named Preseason Player of the Year, while Hannah Campbell from South Alabama was named Preseason Pitcher of the Year.

The poll and team were voted on by the nine Sun Belt head coaches. The top eight teams will advance to the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Championship, held in Boca Raton, Fla.

North Texas opens its season on Friday, Feb. 10 against No. 11 Oklahoma State in the Hilton Houston Plaza Classic in Houston, TX at 11 a.m. The Mean Green finished last year with an overall record of 22-30 and a 7-16 conference mark.

Sun Belt Conference Preseason Softball Coaches Poll
(As voted on by the league's nine head coaches - first place votes in parenthesis)

1. Louisiana-Lafayette - 80 points (8)
2. South Alabama - 64 points
3. Florida Atlantic - 62 points
4. FIU - 49 points
5. Troy - 40 points
5. WKU - 40 points (1)
7. North Texas - 29 points
8. Louisiana-Monroe - 26 points
9. Middle Tennessee - 15 points

2012 Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference Team
Taylor Fawbush (Florida Atlantic, Junior, P)
Hannah Campbell (South Alabama, Sophomore, P)
Karavin Dew (Western Kentucky, Junior, C)
Hayden Gann (Troy, Senior, 1B)
Lisa Johnson (North Texas, Senior, 2B)
Nerissa Myers (Louisiana-Lafayette, Junior, SS)
Nikki Hollett (Troy, Senior, 3B)
Ashley McClain (FIU, Senior, OF)
Katie Smith (Louisiana-Lafayette, Senior, OF)
Brittany Fowler (South Alabama, Junior, OF)
Christi Orgeron (Louisiana-Lafayette, Senior, U)

Preseason Pitcher of the Year: Hannah Campbell, South Alabama
Preseason Player of the Year: Christi Orgeron, Louisiana-Lafayette



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