MACON, Ga. – The Atlantic Sun has announced its 2015 Preseason All-Conference Team and Victoria Brown (Plano, Texas / Plano West) is honored on the list as a representative of the Jacksonville University softball team, the league announced on Wednesday, Jan. 21.
"It's a nice honor for VB to be recognized by other coaches in the league," said Head Coach Jennifer Steele. "I know she, as well as the team, are looking forward to exceeding expectations and projections this spring season."
Whether it was on the mound or in the outfield, fans saw Brown appear in all 49 games for the Dolphins last season. In 2014, she pitched 139 innings, the 10th most in the A-Sun, and struck out 72 batters, also ranked 10th in the conference. Brown closed out her sophomore campaign with a 10-11 record, four shutouts and a 3.37 earned run average. Offensively, she recorded a batting average of .259 with 37 hits, 18 runs batted in and a team-high 33 runs scored.
As a team, the Dolphins have been selected to finish seventh in the Preseason Softball Coaches Poll. USC Upstate, last year's regular season champions, garnered all eight first place votes to be selected as the conference favorites.
"Pre-season polls are always a little tricky," Steele continued. "You're going off last year's performance and nothing more than a projected guess. One of the beauties of our sport is trying to find consistency over time and throughout the years. We are aware of the challenges we face, the things we do well, and are looking forward to the climb to be a serious contender in the A-Sun."
Preseason Atlantic Sun All-Conference Team
*P Lexi Shubert USC Upstate
P Tanner Sanders Lipscomb
P Kaylie Wallace North Florida
*C Jessica Griffin Stetson
*IF Paige Neely Lipscomb
IF Cheyenne Griffin USC Upstate
IF Kendall Settlemyre USC Upstate
IF Demi Meza Stetson
*OF Shellie Robinson USC Upstate
OF Kelsey Carpenter FGCU
OF Brittany Elmore Lipscomb
UTIL/DP Victoria Brown Jacksonville
(* - Denotes unanimous selection)
Preseason Softball Coaches Poll
- USC Upstate (8 First Place Votes)
- North Florida
- Kennesaw State
- Northern Kentucky