Kincannon, Brown named to All-Southland Conference preseason teams

Northwestern State placed senior outfielder Kellye Kincannon and redshirt sophomore pitcher Mikayla Brown on the All-Southland Conference Preseason Teams announced Friday.

Kincannon is making her third appearance on the all-conference first team after landing on the league’s second team following her junior season.

The Lake Jackson, Texas, native batted .362 with team highs of 43 runs scored, 15 home runs and 14 doubles this past season.

With one season remaining, Kincannon is already NSU’s career leader in batting average (.378) and slugging percentage (.752) and is second in career home runs (42) and RBIs (144).

Brown is appearing for the second time on the all-conference preseason list.

The Deville native won the SLC Pitcher of the Year award as a freshman before tearing her ACL in the first weekend of her sophomore season.

Brown enters her second full season with a career record of 15-4 with a 1.45 ERA after winning her only two starts of 2016 before the injury.

“It’s great that our program and these young ladies are acknowledged for their hard word,” said NSU coach Donald Pickett. “We are excited to see what this year brings for them and our team.”

NSU was picked to finish sixth in the preseason coaches and sports information director polls voted on by SLC members.

The Lady Demons start their season Feb. 10 in the three-day ULM Mardi Gras Classic to kick off a month-long road trip before returning home to host No. 21 Baylor on March 8.

NSU’s nonconference schedule includes defending national champion and No. 1 Oklahoma and LSU and Florida, which are tied for fourth in the USA/TODAY NFCA Coaches poll.