The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team was voted on by the league coaches to win the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship.
The Bears, who finished 37-16 last season and won their fourth straight league tournament title, received seven of the 12 first-place votes for a total of 127 points.
Lenoir-Rhyne is coming off a berth in the regional finals last spring and has won eight league championships in school history, all since the 2000 season.
In addition, four Bears earned all-league preseason accolades including first-teamer Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.).
Hoskins, a sophomore pitcher, was named to the 2013 All-SAC First Team after finishing with a record of 17-8 to go along with a 1.79 earned run average, 10 shutouts and 164 strikeouts.
Senior third baseman Haily Jarman (Wadesboro, N.C.), senior outfielder Jody Mizelle (Colerain, N.C.) and sophomore pitcher Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) were all named to the all-league preseason second team for the Bears.
Jarman, a three-time All-SAC honoree (2011-13), led the Bears in hits (55), runs scored (33), slugging percentage (.554), triples (five) and total bases (92) last season to go along with a .331 batting average and 27 runs batted in.
Mizelle hit a team-best eight home runs last season with 18 runs batted in while Hole fashioned a 19-8 record in addition to a 2.05 earned run average, five shutouts and 100 strikeouts.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2014 season on Saturday, February 8, against Mount Olive in a doubleheader at Bears Field beginning at 1:00 p.m.
2014 South Atlantic Conference
Softball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Lenoir-Rhyne 127 (7)
2. Anderson 114 (3)
3. Wingate 104
4t. Catawba 86 (1)
4t. Carson-Newman 86 (1)
6. Tusculum 83
7. Lincoln Memorial 54
8. Mars Hill 52
9. Queens 46
10. Coker 35
11. Newberry 23
12. Brevard 12
2014 All-South Atlantic Conference
Preseason Softball Teams
C - Laura Jansky, Anderson
1B - Danielle Swygert, Anderson
2B - Jessica Neidigh, Anderson
SS - Brittany Hefner, Carson-Newman
3B - Robyn Stanek, Mars Hill
OF - Kelli Hensley, Carson-Newman
OF - Molly Child, Anderson
OF - Miranda Beeler, Tusculum
DP - Kayla Saliga, Wingate
UTIL - Elayna Siebert, Carson-Newman
P - Carley Tysinger, Catawba
P - Maryann Hoskins, Lenoir-Rhyne
C - Taylor Laskey, Wingate
1B - Kaytlin Stroinski, Tusculum
2B - Hayley Whitley, Wingate
SS - Alexis Burrell, Wingate
3B - Haily Jarman, Lenoir-Rhyne
OF - Brianna Mulkey, Lincoln Memorial
OF - Gabby Bedard, Newberry
OF - Jody Mizelle, Lenoir-Rhyne
DP - Whitney Britt, Queens
DP - Amanda Show, Lincoln Memorial
UTIL - Alyssa Miller, Brevard
P - Stacey Houser, Wingate
P - Brandi Hole, Lenoir-Rhyne
Photo Courtesy: Haily Jarman, L-R Athletics