Andrews, Bell on Preseason All-SEC Softball Team

by Clyde Verdin
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Andrews, Bell on Preseason All-SEC Softball Team

BATON ROUGE, La. – With a little over 24 hours until the start of the 2015 season, the Southeastern Conference announced its eighth-annual preseason all-conference team, with senior outfielder A.J. Andrews and junior infielder Bianka Bell both being honored.

Andrews was selected for the second consecutive year after making the cut last season as a junior, while Bell was picked for the first time in her career.

Coming into her final season at LSU, Andrews is looking to continue the form that earned her All-American honors as a sophomore in 2013, coming off of a 2014 campaign where she led the team in hits with nearly 70, while ranking in the top ten in country in stolen bases with 38 and triples per game. By the end of the year she was named an All-SEC performer.

Like Andrews last year, Bell has already earned a pretty big accolade already as last week she was named to USA Softball’s Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List, as this upcoming season could be a breakout one for the Tampa, Florida, native. Last season on her way to earning NFCA All-South Region first team honors, Bell ended the year on an 11-game hitting streak, the longest of her career, while hitting 14 home runs to go along with her 11 doubles and a triple.

The 2015 Tiger Classic, the first tournament for LSU’s season, opens with the Memphis Tigers at 4 p.m. before taking on the Eastern Illinois Panthers at 6:30 p.m. LSU also welcomes Tennessee State and NC State to Baton Rouge, taking on TSU Saturday at 3 p.m., with games against the Wolfpack at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Season tickets for the 2015 LSU softball season also on sale for $75, as the Tigers will play a total of 35 games in Tiger Park in the upcoming season. For more information on purchasing season and single-game tickets, visit www.LSUTix.net or call (225) 578-2184.

For all of the latest news and information on Tiger softball, visit www.lsusports.net/softball. Fans can also follow the program on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball along with @lsusoftball and @BethTorina on Twitter and @lsusb on Instagram.

2015 Preseason All-SEC Softball Team

Name, School Position Cl. Ht. Hometown
Emily Carosone, Auburn IF Jr. 5-4 Orlando, Fla.
Kasey Cooper, Auburn IF So. 5-4 Dothan, Ala.
Kelsey Stewart, Florida IF Jr. 5-6 Wichita, Kan.
Alex Hugo, Georgia IF Jr. 5-8 Olathe, Kan.
Paige Wilson, Georgia IF Sr. 5-7 Chicago, Ill.
Bianka Bell, LSU IF Jr. 5-5 Tampa, Fla.
Haylie McCleney, Alabama OF Jr. 5-5 Morris, Ala.
Branndi Melero, Auburn OF Sr. 5-4 Canyon Country, Calif.
A.J. Andrews, LSU OF Sr. 5-5 Oldsmar, Fla.
Taylor Gadbois, Missouri OF Jr. 5-10 Maryville, Mo.
Chelsea Wilkinson, Georgia P Jr. 5-8 Taylorsville, N.C.
Kelsey Nunley, Kentucky P Jr. 5-10 Soddy Daisy, Tenn.
Tori Finucane, Missouri P So. 5-7 Germantown, Md.
Griffin Joiner, Kentucky C Sr. 5-7 Hopkinsville, Ky.
Annie Aldrete, Tennessee C So. 5-6 Monterey, Calif.
Lauren Haeger, Florida DP/UT Sr. 5-11 Peoria, Ariz.