NEW ORLEANS - Kristin Hawkins was selected to the 2019 Sun Belt Preseason All-Sun Belt team, the conference announced Friday.

Hawkins is coming off a junior season in which she started 49 games and hit .308 in Sun Belt play. Hawkins will be a redshirt senior this year for the Panthers.

Known for her defense, Hawkins showed she can provide offense as well in 2018. She hit her first career home run against No. 18 Louisiana on April 7 and followed that with a walk-off homer the next day to defeat the Ragin' Cajuns.

Hawkins' ability to flash the leather at third base earned her a spot on this year's preseason all-conference team which is voted on by the conference coaches.

The Panthers start their 2019 season next week in Hawaii at the Paradise Tournament. GSU will face Saint Mary's College on Feb. 7 in the opener.



Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Rank    Team (First-Place Votes)         Points

1.         Louisiana (8)                           98

2.         Texas State (1)                         88

3.         Troy (1)                                   82

4.         UTA                                         62

5.         Georgia State                          59

6.         South Alabama                       57

7.         Georgia Southern                    39

8.         Coastal Carolina                      27

            ULM                                        27

10.       Appalachian State                   11


Preseason All-Sun Belt Team

Summer Ellyson, Louisiana (Jr., P, Lafayette, La.) 1

Annie Willis, Troy (So., P, Huntsville, Ala.) 1

Lexie Comeaux, Louisiana (Sr., C, Tomball, Texas)

Reagan Wright, UTA (Jr., C, Mansfield, Texas) 1

Haleigh Davis, Texas State (Jr., C, Houston, Texas) 2

Hailey MacKay, Texas State (Jr., 1B, Leander, Texas) 1

Katie Webb, Troy (Jr., 1B, Salem, Ala.) 2

Kristin Hawkins, Georgia State (RSr., 2B, Dacula, Ga.)

Kara Gremillion, Louisiana (Sr., 3B, Gonzales, La.) 1

Alissa Dalton, Louisiana (Jr., SS, Cypress, Texas)* 1

Jayden Mount, ULM (Jr., SS, Longview, Texas) 2

Courtney Dean, Coastal Carolina (So., OF, Indian Trail, N.C.) 1

Sydney McKay, ULM (Sr., OF, Pearland, Texas) 1

Laura Curry, UTA (Sr., OF, Temecula, Calif.) 1

Jenny Dodd, Appalachian State (Sr., DP/C, Mocksville, N.C.) 2


Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year

Alissa Dalton, Louisiana (Jr., SS, Cypress, Texas)* 1


Sun Belt Preseason Pitcher of the Year

Summer Ellyson, Louisiana (Jr., P, Lafayette, La.)1


12018 First Team All-Sun Belt selection

22018 Second Team All-Sun Belt selection

*2018 Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year