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HPU Softball Picked To Finish Third

RICHARDSON, Texas - The Howard Payne University softball team was pre-season picked to finish third in the American Southwest Conference West Division, it was announced by the league office on Wednesday after a vote of each division's head coaches, sports information directors and media members. Howard Payne's Katie Poerner earned top preseason individual honors.

Howard Payne, who finished 19-21 overall and 13-11 in the ASC last season, and Texas Lutheran (19-19, 13-11 ASC) tied for the third-place position with 90 points and one first-place vote each to conclude what would be the division's four ASC tournament teams.

HPU's Katie Poerner, a senior outfielder, was named ASC West Division Preseason Player of the Year. She won player of the year honors last season with a .397 batting average and a conference-high eight triples. Poerner also had seven doubles and was 16-for-16 on stolen bases.

The 2013 ASC season – the 15th in league history – begins as early as Feb. 12. The ASC First Pitch Tournament, which features all 14 league teams in cross-divisional, non-conference action, is set for March 1-2 at Oran Good Park in Farmers Branch, Texas. The eight-team, double elimination conference tournament is on tap for April 25-27 also at Oran Good Park with an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III Softball Championship on the line.


[Voted on by ASC Head Coaches, Sports Information Directors and Media Members]


                Team (first-place votes)                Points   2012 Record

1.            Texas-Tyler (19)                145         38-9,      20-4 ASC (1st)

2.            East Texas Baptist (2)     117         25-16, 14-10 ASC (T2nd)

3.            Louisiana College             103         28-15, 14-10 ASC (T2nd)

4.            Mississippi College          91           26-14, 13-11 ASC (4th)

5.            Texas-Dallas                       64           24-14, 12-12 ASC (5th)

6.            LeTourneau                        43           18-21, 7-17 ASC (6th)

7.            Ozarks                                  25           11-29, 4-20 ASC (7th)

* Centenary (5-32, 0-0 ASC) is no longer member of the conference.


                Team (first-place votes)                Points   2012 Record

1.            Mary Hardin-Baylor (17) 140        26-17, 20-4 ASC (1st)

2.            Hardin-Simmons (2)        116         23-17, 16-8 ASC (2nd)

T3.          Howard Payne (1)            90           19-21, 13-11 ASC (T3rd)

T3.          Texas Lutheran (1)          90           19-19, 13-11 ASC (T3rd)

5.            Concordia Texas               84           18-18, 12-12 ASC (5th)

6.            Schreiner                             39           14-24, 9-15 ASC (6th)

7.            Sul Ross State                    29           4-26, 1-23 ASC (7th)



[Voted on by ASC Head Coaches, Sports Information Directors and Media Members]


Preseason Player of Year              Ashley Endlsey, 3B, Jr., Texas-Tyler

Preseason Pitcher of Year            Heather Abshire, RHP, Sr., Texas-Tyler


Preseason Player of Year              Katie Poerner, OF, Sr., Howard Payne

Preseason Pitcher of the Year    Rebekah Ragsdale, RHP, Jr., Mary Hardin-Baylor

Information for this story provided by HPU Sports Information.

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