Wildcats with 5 named to preseason All-Conference teams

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Abilene Christian, McNeese and Nicholls each earned five picks on the 2018 softball preseason all-conference teams, the Southland Conference announced Tuesday.

The Cowgirls lead all league teams in first team selections with four. The Wildcats and Colonels each earned a trio on the top team.

ACU, who finished last season in second place with a 20-7 Southland record, enter their first season eligible for Southland and NCAA postseason after completing the four-year transition to Division I. They earned preseason first team automatic selections in senior second baseman Holly Neese and senior shortstop Peyton Hedrick.

Senior pitcher Hannah Null was also voted onto the leading team. Sophomore third baseman Tori Poullard and senior outfielder Braegan Hamilton earned spots on the second team.

The preseason all-conference teams are voted upon by the league’s head coaches. Returning players from the 2017 All-Conference First and Second teams are automatically named to the 2018 Preseason All-Conference teams at their respective positions. Second team players are elevated to first team if the first team slot is vacated by a non-returning player at the same position.

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