2016 SEC Softball Preseason Team Announced
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference unveiled its ninth annual Preseason All-SEC Team to highlight the upcoming season of SEC softball.
Auburn and Florida led all schools with three selections each. Alabama and LSU have two representatives apiece on the squad, while Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee each had one player named to the team.
Making their third consecutive appearance on the preseason team are Alabama’s Haylie McCleney, Auburn’s Emily Carosone and Florida’s Kelsey Stewart. Kasey Cooper of Auburn, Alex Hugo of Georgia and Bianka Bell of LSU all appeared on last season’s preseason team.
The Preseason All-SEC Softball Team is voted on by the league’s head coaches and consists of a minimum of 14 players. Each SEC head coach voted for five infielders, four outfielders, three pitchers, one catcher and one designated player/utility. No ties were broken.
In a class-by-class breakdown, the 2016 team consists of 11 seniors, one junior and two sophomores.
2016 Preseason All-SEC Softball Team
Name, School Position Cl. Ht. Hometown
Emily Carosone, Auburn IF Sr. 5-4 Orlando, Fla.
Kasey Cooper, Auburn IF Jr. 5-4 Dothan, Ala.
Kelsey Stewart, Florida IF Sr. 5-6 Wichita, Kan.
Alex Hugo, Georgia IF Sr. 5-8 Olathe, Kan.
Bianka Bell, LSU IF Sr. 5-5 Tampa, Fla.
Haylie McCleney, Alabama OF Sr. 5-4 Morris, Ala.
Tiffany Howard, Auburn OF Sr. 5-5 Pembroke, Ga.
Kirsti Merritt, Florida OF Sr. 5-4 Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.
Alaynie Page, South Carolina OF Sr. 5-6 Boiling Springs, S.C.
Alexis Osorio, Alabama P So. 5-8 Riverside, Calif.
Kelsey Nunley, Kentucky P Sr. 5-10 Soddy Daisy, Tenn.
Carley Hoover, LSU P So. 6-2 Clemson, S.C.
Aubree Munro, Florida C Sr. 5-10 Brea, Calif.
Rainey Gaffin, Tennessee DP/UT Sr. 5-10 Thornton, Calif.