Two Tigers named to preseason softball All-SEC Team

1 year 8 months 2 weeks ago February 05, 2015 Feb 5, 2015 Thursday, February 05 2015 Thursday, February 05, 2015 1:17:00 PM CST in Sports
By: Stephanie Lorenc, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Southeastern Conference released its annual Preseason All-SEC Team on Thursday. Mizzou standouts junior OF Taylor Gadbois (Maryville, Mo.) and sophomore pitcher Tori Finucane (Germantown, Md.) were two of 16 student-athletes named to the list.

Mizzou was one of six SEC schools with at least two selections. The Preseason All-SEC Team is voted on by the league's head coaches.

Finucane returns to the circle in 2015 after racking up 21 wins during her first collegiate campaign, 11 of them in conference play. She was named The 2014 Freshman of the Year with 19 completes games and a 1.73 ERA last season. Finucane was one of only three pitchers on the Preseason All-SEC Team.

Gadbois had a breakout 2014 season. The speedster led the SEC with 46 stolen bases and collected 85 hits, which ranks second all-time in school history for a single season. Gadbois earned a First Team All-SEC in the 2014 season. She was also named an NCFA Third Team All-American, becoming the sixth Mizzou softball player to earn that distinction since 2008.

Mizzou is ranked No. 17 in both preseason Top 25 polls. The Tigers are one week away from heading to Clermont, Fla., to begin their season at the Dot Richardson Invitational. Mizzou opens up play with a doubleheader against Louisville and Chattanooga on Feb. 13.

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