Morgan, Dunne Make SEC Pre-Season Team

Although Florida placed more players on the Pre-Season All-Southeastern Conference Softball Team, Alabama can take comfort in the adage that pitching is the most important aspect of the game.

SEC Coaches have voted a pre-season team for the third year. To the surprise of no one, Alabama star Charlotte Morgan was a unanimous selection. Morgan was the MVP of the SEC last year as she led Bama to the Women's College World Series.

Morgan is a do-it-all performer for the Crimson Tide. She is an outstanding first baseman and hitter and also a fine pitcher.

Adding to the good news for Bama is that Crimson Tide pitcher Kelsi Dunne was named to the team.

Morgan, a senior from Moreno Valley, Calif., is on the pre-season All=SEC team for the third consecutive year, while Dunne, a junior from Orange Park, Fla., was selected for the second time.

Florida led all schools with four selections, followed by Alabama and Georgia with two each. Morgan and Georgia's Alisa Goler were unanimous selections. Morgan, and Mississippi State's Chelsea Bramlett are making their third consecutive appearance on the pre-season team, while Florida's Aja Paculba and Francesca Enea, Ole Miss' Lauren Grill and Dunne are making their second consecutive appearances on the team.

The coaches pre-season All-SEC team consists of a minimum of 12 players. Each SEC head softball coach voted for four infielders, four outfielders, two pitchers, one catcher and one dp/utility player. No ties were broken.

In a class-by-class breakdown, the upper classmen reign on this year's list. Six seniors and six juniors compile the team, marking the first time no sophomores were selected.

Members of the team are infielders Aja Paculba of Florida, Alisa Goler of Georgia, Molly Johnson of Kentucky, and Lauren Grill of Ole Miss; infielders Kelsey Bruder of Florida, Francesca Enea of Florida, Taylor Schlopy of Georgia, and Kirsten Shortridge of LSU; pitchers Stephanie Brombacher of Florida and Dunne; catcher Chelsea Bramlett of Mississippi State; and utility/designated player Morgan.

Alabama, ranked second in the nation, opens the season against this weekend hosting ninth-ranked Missouri in a double header on Saturday and a single game Sunday.

BamaMag Top Stories