LAFAYETTE – After outstanding junior seasons, catcher Lexie Elkins and outfielder Shellie Landry each represented the Louisiana-Lafayette softball team on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American teams Tuesday.

Elkins was named a first-team All-American after hitting a school-record 32 home runs in 2015. It marked her second consecutive season as an All-American, and first as a first-teamer.

Landry, a Broussard native, posted career highs in multiple categories including batting average (.372), home runs (20), and runs scored (49) on her way to being named a second-team All-American. It is the first such honor in Landry’s career.

“Both of those kids started out near the bottom and because of their hard work, persistence and belief in the process are now being recognized as ending up on top,” said coach Mike Lotief in a news release. “Besides being great competitors, they are both good students and great teammates who would be the first to be thankful to all who believed in them along the way.”

With the selection of Elkins and Landry, the Cajuns now have 29 players who have combined for 48 All-American seasons in program history.

Elkins finished the season as arguably the most feared hitter in all of college softball, adding a robust .426 batting average and 1.077 slugging percentage -- another school record -- to her record-setting home run total.

She hit her 31st home run of the season in the regional round of the NCAA tournament, surpassing the school single-season record of 30 home runs hit by Danyele Gomez in 2006.

Often hitting right in front of Elkins, Landry was one of the most consistent hitters in the Cajuns lineup. Her average did not dip below .355 after March 16, and she finished with a hit in 25 of the Cajuns final 31 games.

On top of her offensive production, Landry did not commit an error in 69 chances while playing left field for the Cajuns.

The Broussard native became the first player from the Lafayette area to earn All-American honors for the Cajuns since Karli Hubbard in 2009.

Second baseman Haley Hayden and pitcher Jordan Wallace joined Elkins and Landry on the NFCA All-Central Region first team.

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