The No. 7 UL Ragin’ Cajuns softball team had five representatives on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I All-Central Region team announced by the organization on Thursday.
Pitcher Summer Ellyson and shortstop Alissa Dalton made thee first team. Third baseman Kara Gremillion, outfielder Sarah Hudek and catcher Julie Rawls were second team selections.
The all-region awards honor softball student-athletes from the NFCA's 10 regions with first, second and third team selections. NFCA member coaches from each respective region voted on the teams.
Each of UL’s honorees are now eligible for selection to NFCA Division I All-American squads. The All-America teams will be announced at about 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, via NFCA.org.
The five honorees for UL were the third most among the NFCA Central Region programs, trailing only top-ranked Oklahoma (eight) and Texas Tech (six).
Ellyson and Dalton returned to the NFCA All-Central Region Team for the second straight year. Ellyson, the nation’s leader in wins and the Sun Belt Pitcher of the Year, picked up her first career first team honor. Boosted by a team-leading .471 average since March 20, Sun Belt Player of the Year honors and a steady arm at shortstop, Dalton repeat on the first team.
Gremillion, who has generated a career-best 15 extra base hits and leads the Ragin’ Cajuns in doubles (11). Rawls, who sports 10 home runs and a team-best 49 RBIs, each garnered all-region honors for the first time.
Hudek collected an all-region honor for the second straight season, adding to her NFCA All-South selection last season at Texas A&M. She led the team in home runs (11) and total bases (105) entering the NCAA postseason.