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AU Softball Ranked Tenth in Preseason Poll

 The Anderson University softball team was selected to finish 10th in its first season in the South Atlantic Conference by the league’s coaches as released by the conference office Wednesday afternoon.
The Trojans notched a stellar 27-18 record last season, while reaching the semifinals of the Conference Carolinas Tournament as the fourth seed. AU took three wins in the three-day event, but was eliminated after dropping a pair of close decisions to top-seeded Limestone.
The Trojans will be led offensively by a pair of seniors and a junior, as Emily Monteith, Lyndsey Huitt and Amber Duncan each posted batting averages above .300, with Monteith earning all-conference recognition after leading the league in RBI, was second in the conference in home runs, fourth in total bases and sixth in the league in runs scored. The Clover, S.C., native earned conference Player of the Week honors in February.
Huitt posted a .338 batting average and saw action in 42 games while starting 16 contests. The Anderson native recorded two triples on the season. Duncan, a junior from Matthews, N.C., hit .314 while starting 41 of 42 games. She was fourth on the team with 32 runs scored, while notching seven doubles.
Another senior, Casey Deer, led last year’s squad with nine wins, posting a 3.08 ERA and recorded 10 complete games on the season. The 5-foot-7 hurler was named to last year’s conference all-tourney team after starting two games and making two relief appearances in the circle, tossing 19 innings and striking out 19 while issuing just five walks.
Anderson begins the 2011 campaign at the Georgia Southwestern Tournament in Americus, Georgia, February 4-5. AU will face Armstrong Atlantic and the host Lady Hurricanes on the opening day of action, then squares off against Valdosta State and Georgia College on Saturday.

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