Baton Rouge Community College baseball outfielder Blaine Posey, LSU-Eunice outfielder Matt Richard and Bossier Parish Community College second baseman Taylor Pittman have all been selected as Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners.

All three had a fielding percentage of 1.00.

Posey, a former Denham Springs High standout, and Pittman were on the NJCAA Division I team, while Richard, a former East Ascension High standout, was on the Division II team.

CAJUNS SET ATTENDANCE MARK: In Lafayette, Louisiana-Lafayette played home games before more fans this season than ever before.

University officials said the average attendance at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field topped 3,000 for the first time in program history.

The total attendance figure of 92,784 for the 28-game 2011 home schedule surpassed the previous best of 70,267 in 2003.

The average of 3,313 led the Sun Belt Conference and ranked 18th nationally.

Since 1999, ULL’s home attendance has ranked in the Top 40 in NCAA Division I and led the Sun Belt Conference each season.

ALABAMA STATE HIRES B-CC’s MELENDEZ: In Montgomery, Mervyl Melendez, who has led Bethune-Cookman to 11 NCAA playoff appearances in his 12 seasons as head coach, has been named head baseball coach at Alabama State, the school announced Friday.

Under Melendez, 37, the Wildcats posted two streaks of at least five consecutive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference titles (2000-04, 2006-11). He is 379-320 (.540), including six straight winning seasons and nine seasons of 30-plus wins.

Melendez has spent his entire collegiate career at Bethune Cookman and was an integral part of 14 MEAC titles as a player, assistant coach and head coach.


ULL’S ORGERON NAMED TO USA NATIONAL TEAM: Louisiana-Lafayette junior outfielder Christi Orgeron was selected to the USA Softball Women’s National Team announced Friday by the Amateur Softball Association of America and USA Softball.

Oregeron is the first ULL softball player to earn a spot on the USA National Team and third to compete with USA Softball, joining Alana Addison (2002 Elite team) and Brooke Mitchell (2004 Elite team). Teammate Ashley Brignac was a member of the USA Junior National Team in 2006-07.

The reigning Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and SBC tournament Most Outstanding Player, Orgeron had a career-best .414 batting average while leading the nation with 101 RBIs and finishing second in the NCAA in home runs (23) and runs scored (75).

The 18-person roster, plus one alternate, plays exhibition series starting June 25 in Plant City, Fla., June 29 in Salem, Va., and July 1 in Bowie, Md., before playing July 9-17 in the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship in Surrey, B.C., and the World Cup of Softball VI, July 21-25 in Oklahoma City.

The team will then seek its ninth Pan American Games title, Oct. 17-23, in Guadalajara, Mexico.