Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun Softball Places 3 On All-American Team
Louisiana Ragin' Cajun softball placed 3 players on the NFCA Division I All-America team, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced today.
Cajun senior catcher Lexie Elkins was named to the 1st team. Sophomore pitcher Alex Stewart and outfielder Aleah Craighton were both named 2nd team.
For Elkins, it is her third straight year being named an NFCA All-American, and second consecutive year she's been named to the 1st team.
Elkins, Stewart and Craighton have given Louisiana softball 51 All-American selections in program history.
“When we look at individual awards, especially All-Americans, it’s not only a reflection of those individual players, but also a reflection the entire program, the University and more importantly the fan base,” Louisiana softball head coach Michael Lotief said in a University press release. “Hopefully there are a lot of people that take pride in these kids receiving our sports highest honor. What a great honor for Ragin’ Cajun Nation and all of 'Us'. It’s a day to be extremely proud.”
Lotief lauded the achievements of his All-Americans, citing their hard work.
“A big reason for the honor is their preparation, skill set, numbers and how they competed,” Lotief noted. “But in the bigger picture it’s about this connection between the fan base, University and the community in nurturing these kids to be motivated to be the best that they can be."
Louisiana finished the 2016 season last week in Norman, Oklahoma at the NCAA Super Regionals, ending the year with an impressive 46-9 record.