McAllister Earns All-Sun Belt Honors

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NEW ORLEANS, La. – Senior first baseman Kacie McAllister has been named to the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Preseason All-Conference Team, as announced by the league office.

McAllister, an All-Sun Belt First Team selection last season, hit .313 with 31 runs scored, 46 hits and nine doubles in 2013 while also leading the SBC with 13 sacrifice bunts. She started every game for the Trojans and led the team with a .985 fielding percentage despite starting at multiple positions throughout the season.

McAllister was also named to the Sun Belt All-Tournament team in 2012.

The Trojans open up play on Thursday against Auburn at 3 p.m. in the newly renovated Troy Softball Complex. Troy’s new $3 million facility includes an artificial grass outfield, updated press box, expanded locker rooms and an 8,000-square foot training facility.

The Trojans also host the 2014 Troy Subway Invitational from Friday through Sunday, with Alabama, Kennesaw State, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, North Florida and Northwestern State coming to town.

2014 Sun Belt Conference Preseason All-Conference Team

P: Hannah Campbell (South Alabama, Senior)

P: Jordan Wallace (Louisiana-Lafayette, Junior)

C: Callie Alford (Georgia State, Junior)

1B: Kacie McAllister (Troy, Senior)

2B: Olivia Watkins (Western Kentucky, Senior)

SS: Kaitlyn Griffin (South Alabama, Junior)

3B: Preslie Cruce (Western Kentucky, Junior)

OF: Shellie Landry (Louisiana-Lafayette, Sophomore)

OF: Blair Johnson (South Alabama, Junior)

OF: Jessica Clifton (Georgia State, Senior)

DP: Sara Corbello (Louisiana-Lafayette, Sophomore)

At-Large: Emily Rousseau (Western Kentucky, Senior, P), Nina Villanueva (UT Arlington, Junior, SS), Callie Alford (Georgia State, Junior, 3B), Britnea Barilli (UT Arlington, Sophomore, OF)

2014 Sun Belt Conference Preseason Player of the Year

Olivia Watkins (Western Kentucky, Senior, 2B)

2014 Sun Belt Conference Preseason Pitcher of the Year

Jordan Wallace (Louisiana-Lafayette, Junior)

2014 Sun Belt Conference Preseason Poll

1. Louisiana-Lafayette (6) – 62 points

2. South Alabama (2) – 57 points

3. Western Kentucky – 47 points

4. Texas State – 33 points

5. Georgia State – 30 points

6. Troy – 27 points

7. UT Arlington – 21 points

8. ULM – 11 points