Haylie McCleney and Alexis Osorio Named Preseason All-SEC
Alabama senior Haylie McCleney and sophomore Alexis Osorio represent the Crimson Tide on the Southeastern Conference’s Preseason All-SEC softball team, which was announced Thursday by the league.
Alabama is one of four SEC teams to place multiple selections on the list. Eleven of the 14 on the 2016 preseason team are seniors, with just one junior and two sophomores rounding out the roster. McCleney and Osorio were named All-SEC at the end of last season, with Osorio honored as the league’s Freshman of the Year and McCleney as its Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
In conference play last season, Osorio led the SEC with a 1.60 ERA and 109 strikeouts over 91.2 innings pitched. Eight of her 10 conference wins came against ranked opponents, with five of those against top-10 teams. In addition to being named the SEC Freshman of the Year, she was a Second Team NFCA All-American and a top three finalist for the NFCA Freshman of the Year award.
McCleney, who enters her senior season as the Alabama career batting average leader, was second in the league last year with a .436 season clip. She led the league in walks (61) and on-base percentage (.588) while fifth in runs scored (69) and sixth in doubles (14). McCleney earned her third All-American nod in 2015, her second as a First Team honoree, while also taking home First Team Academic All-America honors for a second-straight season. She was named the Academic All-America Team Member of the Year for Division-I softball.
2016 Preseason All-SEC Softball Team
Emily Carosone, Auburn (IF – Sr.)
Kasey Cooper, Auburn (IF – Jr.)
Kelsey Stewart, Florida (IF – Sr.)
Alex Hugo, Georgia (IF – Sr.)
Bianka Bell, LSU (IF – Sr.)
Haylie McCleney, Alabama (OF – Sr.)
Tiffany Howard, Auburn (OF – Sr.)
Kirsti Merritt, Florida (OF – Sr.)
Alaynie Page, South Carolina (OF – Sr.)
Alexis Osorio, Alabama (P – So.)
Kelsey Nunley (P – Sr.)
Carley Hoover, LSU (P – So.)
Aubree Munro, Florida (C – Sr.)
Rainey Gaffin, Tennessee (DP/UT – Sr.)