Cajun Softballers Hamilton & Elkins Earn All-American Accolades
Ragin’ Cajun pitcher Christina Hamilton and catcher Lexie Elkins have been selected as NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) All-Americans.
Hamilton was named to the second-team while Elkins earned third-team honors.
Hamilton will start tonight in the circle for the Ragin’ Cajuns, as they battle Kentucky in the Women’s College World Series. She’s already been named the Sun Belt Pitcher of the Year, currently sporting a record of 29-2 with a 1.53 ERA. In 5 games this postseason, Hamilton has started each one, going 5-0 with a 1.41 ERA. She’ll be pitching to her All-American teammate behind the plate tonight in Lexie Elkins.
“I trust her with my life,” Hamilton says of Elkins. “I have so much confidence in her.”
Elkins, the Sun Belt Conference player of the year, led the conference this season in homeruns (22) and RBI (72). Her 22 homeruns currently ranks 4th best for a single-season in school history. With a .388 batting average and a command of the game at the catcher position, it’s no surprise Elkins landed on a list among other All-Americans.
“To me when they are afforded the highest individual honor in our sport, I think a couple things,” head coach Mike Lotief said in a University press release. “I go back to team, obviously your team had great success and you have good teammates to stand behind you and help by fighting with you and pushing you. It’s also a credit to their hard work and dedication as individuals.”
Louisiana begins their quest from the Women’s College World Series tonight at 6:00. Pre-game on ESPN1420 and espn1420.com begins tonight at 5:40. Steve Peloquin has the call.