By: Nick Ross
TROY, Ala. – Six Ragin’ Cajuns who helped Louisiana to it’s 15th straight season of 40 wins or more, have been named to the All-Sun Belt teams, including five named to the first team. Matte Haack, Sarah Draheim, Brianna Cherry, Nerissa Myers and Jordan Wallace all picked up first team honors, and Shellie Landry was named to the All-Sun Belt Second Team.
Myers and Draheim each picked up their third All-Sun Belt selections, Haack and Wallace were each named to their second, while Cherry and Landry each picked up the first of their careers.
For Myers, Haack and Wallace it was their second first team selections, Draheim was twice named to All-Sun Belt second teams.
Haack, a senior from Katy, Texas, Haack batted .347 in the regular season with 11 home runs, 51 RBI and 41 runs scored. She finished the season with one of the hottest bats on the team, batting .429 with 33 RBI and 19 runs scored in the team’s last 22 games.
Draheim had the best offensive season of her career, batting and even .400 in the regular season with 13 home runs and 52 RBI. She caught in every game of the season, starting all but one, and posted a .998 fielding percentage and allowed just eight passed balls.
The senior from Flower Mound, Texas also led the team with 27 walks, reaching base over half the time with a .517 on-base percentage.
Myers led the Sun Belt with a .440 batting average and hit eight home runs, while driving in 36 and scoring 40 runs scored in just 33 games played. The Petal, Miss native was the preseason selection for player of the year, but an ankle injury caused her to miss 18 games in the middle of the season.
Louisiana was an astonishing 31-2 when Myers was in the lineup. In her first game back from her injury she led the game off with a home run, hit a double in her second at-bat, and then finished off the game with a grand slam.
Wallace had the highest strikeout per game rate in the Sun Belt and is currently fourth in the NCAA with an 11.0 strikeout/game average. She fanned over 10 batters in a game 11 times en route to the fifth 300+ strikeout season in Cajuns history. She also threw her second career no-hitter, an eight-inning performance against FAU.
Cherry picked up her first All-Sun Belt honor and was a runner-up for the Sun Belt Player of the Year award. The senior from Petal, Miss started every game in center field, batting .408 with 47 RBI and a team-high 57 runs scored and a career-high 12 home runs.
Landry rounded out Louisiana’s All-Sun Belt roster and was the only freshman from UL to earn the honor. Landry took no time acclimating to collegiate softball, leading the conference in both home runs and RBI, hitting 15 bombs and driving in 54 runs in her first season. She became the 55th person in NCAA history to hit three home runs in one game, including two in the same inning.
The Cajuns will start their postseason play tomorrow, Wednesday, May 8 at 3:00 P.M. when they take on Florida International in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Championship. They finished the season 40-11, 19-4 in Sun Belt play, and are the number three seed in the tournament.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Brittany Fowler, South Alabama
PITCHER OF THE YEAR:
Emily Rousseau, WKU
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:
Haley Fagan, South Alabama
COACH OF THE YEAR:
Tyra Perry, WKU
All-Conference First Team
Hannah Campbell, P, South Alabama
Emily Rousseau, P, Western Kentucky
Matte Haack, 1B, Louisiana
Olivia Watkins, 2B, Western Kentucky
Haley Fagan, 3B, South Alabama
Brittany Fowler, SS, South Alabama
Sarah Draheim, C, Louisiana
Brianna Cherry, OF, Louisiana
Blair Johnson, OF, South Alabama
Julie Moss, OF, South Alabama
Kacie McAllister, UT/DP, Troy
Nerissa Myers, At-Large, Louisiana
Jordan Wallace, At-Large, Louisiana
Kaitlyn Griffith, At-Large, South Alabama
Kelsie Mattox, At-Large, Western Kentucky
All-Conference Second Team
Ashley Kirk, P, North Texas
Farish Beard, P, South Alabama
Caitlin Ortiz, 1B, Troy
Brie Rojas, 2B, FIU
Preslie Cruce, 3B, WKU
Amanda Thomas, SS, WKU
Hannah Renn, C, Troy
Lindsey Shell, OF, FAU
Nina Dever, OF, Middle Tennessee
Brittany Campbell, OF, South Alabama
Stephanie Call, UT/DP, FAU
Amber Curry, At-Large, FIU
Shellie Landry, At-Large, Louisiana
Brooke Foster, At-Large, North Texas
Taylor Schoblocher, At-Large, North Texas