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Fuzzard leads Lady Mocs' record-breaking all-SoCon haul

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB/SoCon) -- The beat goes on for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga softball team.

Senior designated player Michelle Fuzzard repeated as the Southern Conference Player of the eYear and the Lady Mocs set a new league record with nine players earning all-conference honors when the SoCon office released the postseason awards list Monday afternoon.

Fuzzard, who was surprisingly tabbed as just a second-team preseason pick, finished second in the league in hitting (.424) and slugging percentage (.842), and led the SoCon in RBI (61). She hit .458 in league play and blasted ten of her 14 home runs against SoCon competition.

"I don't get doubted very often at the plate, so I took that as a challenge and dared everyone to doubt me," Fuzzard said last week of using the preseason snub as motivation for her final season. "But it's not like I'm out there hitting a bunch of solo home runs. My season wouldn't have been nearly as productive without my teammates getting on base and helping out."

Fuzzard led four UTC players earning first team all-SoCon honors, joining infielders Kasey Tydingco and Sarah Poteat and catcher Vivian Morimoto.

Freshman pitcher Taylor Deason joined infielders Jessica Traxler and Sarah Beth Roberts and outfielders Stephanie Rieck and Cheyenne Willis on the second team.

Deason, Roberts and Willis were also named to the league's all-freshman roster.

"If we had one more pitcher on this year's team to help out, it'd be easy to say that this year's team was better than last year's, and I never thought I'd say that," UTC head coach Frank Reed said last week, comparing this roster to last season's record-setting squad. "This team is just, all-around, so much more complete from top to bottom."

Appalachian State had the second-most all-conference selections with four.

SoCon regular season champ Georgia Southern placed two on the first team and one each on the second and all-freshman teams. The Eagles' first-year head coach, Annie Smith, was named the SoCon Coach of the Year and her ace, Sarah Purvis, earned Pitcher of the Year honors.

Appalachian State utility player Sarah Warnock was named Freshman of the Year.

Voting was conducted by the league's nine head coaches.

Chattanooga is the No. 2 seed in this week's Southern Conference Tournament, which opens Wednesday in Boone, NC. The championship game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.

2012 Southern Conference Softball All-Conference Teams

First Team
Pitcher: Stephanie Saylors, College of Charleston
Pitcher: Sarah Purvis, Georgia Southern
Catcher: Vivian Morimoto, Chattanooga
1st Base: Kasey Tydingco, Chattanooga
2nd Base: Sara Poteat, Chattanooga

Shortstop: Megan Rembielak, Appalachian State
3rd Base: Jessie Homesley, Furman
Outfield: Allie Cashion, Appalachian State
Outfield: Marie Fogle, Georgia Southern
Outfield: Erin Foster, Western Carolina
Designated Player: Michelle Fuzzard, Chattanooga
Utility Player: Sarah Warnock, Appalachian State

Second Team
Pitcher: Hope Klicker, College of Charleston
Pitcher: Taylor Deason, Chattanooga
Catcher: Michelle Lighton, Appalachian State
1st Base: Amanda Lonergan, College of Charleston
2nd Base: Hanna Ennis, Georgia Southern
Shortstop: Jessica Traxler, Chattanooga
3rd Base: Sarah Beth Roberts, Chattanooga

Outfield: Tomeka Watson, Elon
Outfield: Stephanie Rieck, Chattanooga
Outfield: Cheyenne Willis, Chattanooga

Designated Player: Katelyn Bedwell, UNCG
Utility Player: Lauren Collier, Furman

All-Freshman Team
Caroline Rogers, Appalachian State
Sarah Warnock, Appalachian State
Hope Klicker, College of Charleston
Allison Pedigo, College of Charleston
Mackenzie Maples, College of Charleston
Brooke Red, Georgia Southern
Madison Dickey, Samford
Taylor Deason, Chattanooga
Sarah Beth Roberts, Chattanooga
Cheyenne Willis, Chattanooga

Player of the Year
Michelle Fuzzard, Chattanooga

Pitcher of the Year
Sarah Purvis, Georgia Southern

Freshman of the Year
Sarah Warnock, Appalachian State

Coach of the Year
Annie Smith, Georgia Southern

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