Goodwin Named to Preseason All-Conference Team
UMKC Athletics 2-1-2018
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DENVER – Following a stellar junior campaign, UMKC softball’s Kelsey Goodwin (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was named to the 2018 Western Athletic Conference Preseason All-Conference team, the league announced on Wednesday. Additionally, the Roos were picked to finish fifth in the WAC by the league’s coaches.

Goodwin, a senior infielder, put together a strong 2017 season in which she slashed .353/.418/.463, including seven doubles, a pair of home runs and 15 runs batted in. The Oklahoma native started in 44 of the team’s 55 games last year.

Her .353 batting average and .418 on-base percentage both ranked among the top-10 in the WAC in 2017. In conference play, Goodwin was even more dominant as a fixture in the UMKC lineup, slashing a superb .364/.431/.432 in 44 at-bats against WAC foes.

After compiling a 5-10 conference record this past season, the Roos were tabbed to finish fifth for a second consecutive year in the WAC standings.

 2018 WAC Softball Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Rank Teams (1st-Place Votes) Points

  1. Grand Canyon (4) 24
  2. NM State (2) 22
  3. Seattle U 16
  4. Utah Valley 14
  5. Kansas City 8
  6. CSU Bakersfield 6

2018 Softball Preseason All-WAC Team

Player                              School                   Yr.      Pos.

Brianna Aguilar-Beaucage Grand Canyon        So.     P

Nikki Butler                       NM State                So.     C

Lauren Frailey Spendlove Utah Valley             Sr.      P

Kelsey Goodwin                Kansas City            Sr.      MIF

Kendsey Hill                      Grand Canyon        Gr.     C

Chris Hipa                         CSU Bakersfield      Jr.      3B/UT

Kelsey Horton                   NM State                Jr.      UT

Andie Larkins                    Seattle U                Jr.      P

Caragh Morris                   Utah Valley             So.     UT

Kaylee Ree                       Seattle U                Jr.      2B

Rachel Rodriguez              NM State                Sr.      SS

Shea Smith                       Grand Canyon        Jr.      SS

Sierra Smith                      Grand Canyon        Jr.      UT

Preseason Player of the Year: Kelsey Horton, NM State

Preseason Pitcher of the Year: Andie Larkins, Seattle U

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