Erin Coffel, Stephanie Schoonover Named Preseason All-SEC

Erin Coffel, Stephanie Schoonover Named Preseason All-SEC

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky Softball team placed two of its members on the Preseason All-Southeastern Conference Team, the league office announced Wednesday morning. Both Erin Coffel and Stephanie Schoonover were named to the team, as two of the 24-member team that was voted on by the 13 SEC head coaches.

Last season, Erin Coffel joined Kayla Kowalik as the first-ever two-time National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association All-American in Kentucky Softball history. The senior from Bremen, Indiana hit .440 on the season with 19 home runs and 55 runs batted in. Coffel had a nation-leading 64 walks drawn and she scored 60 runs on 55 hits en route to an All-SEC and All-America season for the Wildcats.

Stephanie Schoonover had a 12-2 record in the circle a year ago with a 2.01 ERA in 27 appearances for the Blue and White. Schoonover threw 12 complete games, had eight shutouts in her 20 starts and had a team-leading 160 strikeouts in 114.2 innings of work. The Vicksburg, Mississippi native had three saves as well, in addition to her 12 wins.

Additionally, the SEC preseason coaches’ poll was released Wednesday with Kentucky picked to finish 10th by the league head coaches. Tennessee was picked to win the SEC by one vote, with six first-place votes. Georgia got six first-place votes and was picked second. Florida, who was picked seventh, received one first-place vote.

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2024 Preseason All-SEC Softball Team


Name, School Class Hometown
Rylin Hedgecock, Arkansas R-Sr. Valdosta, Ga.
Maddie Penta, Auburn Sr. Chesapeake City, Md.
Nelia Peralta, Auburn Jr. Wellington, Fla.
Kendra Falby, Florida Jr. Odessa, Fla.
Skylar Wallace, Florida R-Sr. Woodstock, Ga.
Jayda Kearney, Georgia Sr. Columbus, N.J.
Sydney Kuma, Georgia Gr. Fresno, Calif.
Sara Mosley, Georgia Fifth Year Ellijay, Ga.
Shelby Walters, Georgia Gr. Cohutta, Ga.
Erin Coffel, Kentucky Sr. Bremen, Ind.
Stephanie Schnoover, Kentucky Sr. Dothan, Ala.
Sydney Berzon, LSU So. Buffalo, N.Y.
Ciara Briggs, LSU Gr. Yorba Linda, Calif.
Danieca Coffey, LSU Sr. Richwood, Texas
Taylor Pleasants, LSU Gr. Houston, Texas
Alex Honnold, Missouri Sr. West Des Moines, Iowa
Jenna Laird, Missouri Sr. East Meadow, N.Y.
Alana Vawter, South Carolina Fifth Year Kansas City, Mo.
McKenna Gibson, Tennessee Jr. Santa Clarita, Calif.
Payton Gottshall, Tennessee Gr. Massillon, Ohio
Kiki Milloy, Tennessee Gr. Woodinville, Wash.
Karlyn Pickens, Tennessee So. Weaverville, N.C.
Zaida Puni, Tennessee Sr. Carson, Calif.
Julia Cottrill, Texas A&M Sr. Wichita, Kan.


2024 SEC Softball Preseason Coaches’ Poll

(First-Place Votes in Parentheses)


Place School Points
1. Tennessee (6) 137
2. Georgia (6) 136
3. LSU 106
4. Arkansas 103
5. Auburn 100
6. Alabama 88
7. Florida (1) 77
8. Texas A&M 75
9. South Carolina 68
10. Kentucky 53
11. Missouri 28
12. Ole Miss 24
13. Mississippi State 19


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