University of Tennessee at Chattanooga softball player Sara Poteat was named to the All-South Region first team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Thursday. The junior second baseman from Thomaston, Ga., led the Southern Conference in 2012 with a .437 batting average and had a team-best 18 stolen bases in 19 attempts.
Poteat also had a .958 fielding percentage on defense for the Lady Mocs, who finished with a 39-16 record in 2012.
Joining Poteat on the NFCA South Region team as second-team selections were senior designated player Michelle Fuzzard and junior first baseman Kasey Tydingco.
Fuzzard — a fifth-year senior from Huntington Beach, Calif., who was named SoCon player of the year for the second consecutive year in 2012 — was named to the South Region second team for the second straight year after finishing the season in the top 20 in NCAA Division I in RBIs (63), slugging percentage (.846) and on-base percentage (.543).
Tydingco of Fairfield, Calif., posted several career highs this season, batting .360 with 17 doubles, three triples, 13 home runs and 62 RBIs, and she also had a .983 fielding percentage with 290 putouts.
Jim Tanner has worked as assistant sports editor at the Times Free Press since late 2006. He started at the Times Free Press in 2001 and worked as a news copy/design editor from 2001 through 2006. In addition to working as a night and weekend editor producing local and national sports coverage for print and online readers, Jim occasionally writes local sports and outdoors stories. Jim grew up in Ringgold, Ga., and is a graduate ...