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Alcorn’s Edwards selected to the All-SWAC Preseason Team



Kristian Edwards
Kristian Edwards: Photo from Alcorn Athletics

LORMAN, Miss. – Alcorn State University Lady Braves softball has been tabbed to be fourth in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) West with 66 points. Kristian Edwards was the lone Alcornite named to the All-SWAC Preseason Second Team.

ASU finished the season with an overall record of 19-30 and 11-13 in conference play. The team ended their season on a solid run in the 2023 SWAC Softball Tournament. The Lady Braves played their way out of the elimination bracket to a semi-final game against Grambling State University. Alcorn battled hard but was defeated by the Tigers, 5-6.

Edwards earned her place on the all-conference second team with a consistent performance for the 2023 season. She finished the season in third place in triples across the SWAC. Edwards had a .295 batting average, 28 runs, 41 hits, and 16 runs batted in. She also had 17 stolen bases. As a an outfielder, Edwards racked up 89 put outs for the season.

Alcorn State softball opens their season in the River City Classic in Jackson, Miss. The first game of the classic will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10 against Arlington Baptist University at 10 a.m.

2024 SWAC Softball Predicted Order of Finish

1.  Alabama State- 105 points (13)
2.  Bethune-Cookman- 79 points (1)
3.  Florida A&M- 70 points (1)
4.  Jackson State- 68 points (1)
5.  Alabama A&M- 57 points (3)
6.  Mississippi Valley State- 20 points

 SWAC West
1.  Prairie View A&M- 101 points (13)
2. Grambling State- 82 points (2)
3.  Texas Southern- 68 points (1)
4.  Alcorn State- 66 points (3)
5.  Southern- 55 points
6.  Arkansas-Pine Bluff- 27 points
*First place votes listed in parenthesis ( )

2024 SWAC Softball Preseason Awards

Preseason Player of the Year
Kindall DeRamus, Alabama State

Preseason Pitcher of the Year
Halyne Gonzalez, Bethune-Cookman

Preseason First Team
C – Biviana Figueroa, Prairie View A&M
1B – Samaria Jackson, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
2B – Jaeda Gardner, Alabama State
SS – Cadashia Collins, Grambling State
3B – Serena Herbranson, Alabama A&M
OF – Kindall DeRamus, Alabama State
OF – Mia Nunez, Prairie View A&M
OF – Alexia Denby, Alabama State
P – Halyne Gonzalez, Bethune-Cookman
P – Cailin Massey, Prairie View A&M
P – Dacia Richard, Grambling State
DP – Zahria Jones, Alabama A&M

Preseason Second Team
C – Nyah Morgan, Florida A&M
1B – N/A
2B – Kiauna Watson, Florida A&M
SS – Destinee Smith, Prairie View A&M
3B – Aerin Talley, Prairie View A&M
OF – Mari Stephens, Jackson State
OF – Kristian Edwards, Alcorn State
OF – Mia Blasingane, Florida A&M
P – Jerrica Rojas, Prairie View A&M
P – Erin Gibbs, Grambling State
P – Lauryn Peppers, Florida A&M
DP – Essence Gibbs, Bethune-Cookman

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