Less than two weeks out from the start of the season, Columbus State University softball players Elizabeth Perdue and Kia Smith were each named to the Preseason All-Peach Belt Conference Team on Tuesday.
Perdue was selected to the team at first base, while Smith was one of three outfielders on the 10-player team.
Perdue started all 54 games as a sophomore for the Lady Cougars, hitting .325 with a team-high 14 home runs and 49 RBIs. She finished the year one back of the conference’s home run lead and two behind the top spot in RBIs. The Phenix City, Ala. native garnered All-Conference honors following her outstanding season.
Smith was a first team All-PBC selection last year after starting all 54 games in centerfield for the Lady Cougars. The junior led Columbus State with a .387 batting average, tallying 67 hits and 39 runs. Smith was a terror on the basepaths as well, setting the CSU single-season record with 36 stolen bases.
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The Lady Cougars open the 2018 season Feb. 3-4 with the Southern Softball Showdown at the South Commons Softball Complex in Columbus.