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Lady Lions Voted into First Place Tie in 2013 AMCC Preseason Poll; Smith Named Preseason Pitcher of the Year
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Penn State Altoona softball was voted into a first place tie with rival Penn State Behrend in the 2013 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, which was released on Friday morning.
Behrend won the AMCC Championship last year, fending off Penn State Altoona to win it.
The Lady Lions finished as the conference's runners-up, posting a 15-3 mark in the AMCC and a 33-12 overall record.
Senior pitcher Jackie Smith (Hollidaysburg, PA/Hollidaysburg) was named the Preseason Pitcher of the Year in the poll. A Second Team All-AMCC pick in 2012, Smith posted a conference-low 2.10 earned run average and was second in the league with 16 wins. She tossed 19 complete games, including six shutouts. She also pitched the program's first-ever perfect game.
Two other Lady Lions were named as "Players to Watch" for Penn State Altoona in 2013: junior second baseman Brittany Smith (Bellefonte, PA/Bellefonte) and junior outfielder Lauren Bove (Mechanicsburg, PA/Cumberland Valley).
Smith made First Team All-Conference at the conclusion of last season, finishing with a .437 batting average to rank fifth in the AMCC. She scored 37 runs, knocked in 31, and hit 13 doubles. Her .993 fielding percentage was best on the team.
Bove batted .306 last year and had an on-base percentage of .408. She finished second in the AMCC in stolen bases, going 16-for-20. She scored 39 runs and hit three doubles and a pair of triples.
To view the complete 2013 AMCC Softball Preseason Coaches' Poll, go to: http://www.amcconf.org/sbpoll2013.htm .
Photo: Penn State Altoona senior Jackie Smith was named the 2013 AMCC Preseason Pitcher of the Year on Friday.