AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Peach Belt Conference released the 2013 softball preseason All-Conference team Thursday afternoon and the University of North Georgia had four players named to the honor; the most of any of the eight teams in the conference that compete in softball.
The PBC's preseason All-Conference first baseman, Martin was a 2011 PBC All-Conference first team selection as well as an All-Tournament team selection that same year after being named to the NFCA All-America third team in 2010. She finished her 2012 campaign tied for sixth in the conference with seven home runs and boasted a .984 fielding percentage while totaling 35 RBIs.
In her first season at North Georgia, Gilliam was named to the 2012 PBC All-Conference first team as an at large selection and earned the preseason third baseman title this year. She put up a .329 batting average, started 57 of 58 games and was named to both the NFCA All-Southeast Region and Daktronics All-Southeast Region teams. Gilliam hit seven home runs, 14 doubles and drove in 28 runs en route to a .559 slugging percentage.
One of the conference's top outfielders, Minger saw action in 52 games last season and registered a .966 fielding percentage with 27 put outs as a right fielder while only committing one error. She finished the 2012 season ranked fourth on the team in batting average (.308) and collected 40 hits, 12 of which were doubles.
Dickie went 21-1 in her freshman season and led the team with a 1.15 ERA and to go along with 109 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .175 batting average. She was ranked second in the PBC in wins and ERA, earning her a spot on the PBC All-Conference team and was named a third-team All-American by Daktronics.
The Saints will begin the 2013 season with five tournaments including opening the schedule in Columbus, Ga. at the PBC-Sunshine State Classic the first weekend of February. Of the Saints' 51 regular season games, 22 will be at home inside Haines & Carolyn Hill Softball Stadium, including the North Georgia – Captain D's Classic held on Feb. 9 and 10.
Peach Belt Conference Softball 2013 Preseason All-Conference Team
1b - Katherine Martin, North Georgia
2b - Brittany Sheriff, Lander
3b - Karlie Gillam, North Georgia
3b - Tristan Faile, Francis Marion
SS - Casey Googe, Columbus State
C - Breanna Hartley, UNC Pembroke
OF - Whitney Okvist, Georgia College
OF - Shelby Duff, Armstrong
OF - Kayla Minger, North Georgia
P - India Kornegay, USC Aiken
P - Melissa Dickie, North Georgia
P - Mollie Russell, Columbus State
UT - Danielle Gallucci, Georgia College