Coming off a 2011 season that saw them sweep the WAC regular season and conference tournament titles, the New Mexico State softball team has been tabbed to finish third by the league's coaches. The Aggies lost seven seniors off last year's championship team but return key starters including three preseason All-WAC selections in senior Tiare Jennings, junior Teresa Conrad and sophomore Valerie Swedberg.
Fresno State took the top spot in the preseason poll with 44 points and three first-place votes. Hawai‘i came in second, picking up two first-place votes and 42 points, followed by New Mexico State in third place with 37 points and two first-place votes. Brigham Young received the other first-place vote and came in fourth place with 35 points. Nevada was picked to finish fifth with 20 points, followed by San Jose State and Louisiana Tech tied for sixth with 17 points apiece. Utah State rounded out the poll in eighth place with 12 points.
The preseason all-WAC team was also announced. Hawai’i placed the most players on the team with four, while Fresno State and New Mexico State had three apiece.
2012 Preseason Poll
|Rank||Team (first-place votes)||Points|
|1||Fresno State (3)||44|
|3||New Mexico State (2)||37|
|4||Brigham Young (1)||35|
|T-6.||San Jose State||17|
2012 Preseason All-WAC Team
|Teresa Conrad||New Mexico State||Jr.||SS/1B|
|Carly Duckworth||Brigham Young||So.||OF|
|Jessica Dugas||Brigham Young||Sr.||OF|
|Tiare Jennings||New Mexico State||Sr.||OF|
|Michelle Moses||Fresno State||Sr.||P/1B|
|Andrea Ortega||Fresno State||Sr.||OF|
|Valerie Swedberg||New Mexico State||So.||OF|
|Janna Frandrup||Louisiana Tech||Jr.||P/2B|
|Allison Lenzora||Utah State||So.||IF|
|Brooke Ortiz||Fresno State||So.||2B/3B|
|Kassy Uchida||Utah State||So.||UT|