NEW ORLEANS, La. – For the second consecutive year, the state’s top freshman collegiate softball player wears Purple and Gold as LSU’s Sahvanna Jaquish was named the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Freshman of the Year the organization announced in conjunction with the release of the All-Louisiana first and second teams, which features a total of six Tiger players selected to one of the two lists.
With four players on the first team, LSU tied for the most players selected along with Louisiana-Lafayette, while garnering two more slots on the second team for six total selections, tying Northwestern State for the most combined picks on this year’s two squads.
Joined by the designated player pick Jaquish on the first team was last year’s LSWA Co-Freshman of the Year in Bianka Bell at shortstop, while A.J. Andrews was selected as one of the first team’s three outfielders for the second straight season. Selected at first base was Sandra Simmons to round out the group, the first time the Fountain Valley, California, native has been named All-Louisiana in only her second season in Baton Rouge.
With the third most wins among the four pitchers selected for the two squads, Baylee Corbello earned a spot on the second team as she was named the LSWA Pitcher of the Month and Pitcher of the Week during the regular season. Also making the cut for the second team was infielder Allison Falcon at second base, who earned the state’s top hitting honor the week of April 8, the same week she was also named the SEC Player of the Week.
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2014 ALL-LOUISIANA COLLEGIATE SOFTBALL TEAM
Pitcher – Jamie Allred, McNeese State
Pitcher – Christina Hamilton, Louisiana-Lafayette
Catcher – Lexie Elkins, Louisiana-Lafayette
First Base – Sandra Simmons, LSU
Second Base – Natalie Fernandez, Louisiana-Lafayette
Third Base – Brittany Virgo, Northwestern State
Shortstop – Bianka Bell, LSU
Outfield – A.J. Andrews, LSU
Outfield – Alana Vittorio, Northwestern State
Outfield – Hayley Hayden, Louisiana-Lafayette
Designated Player – Sahvanna Jaquish, LSU
Utility – Pauline Tuffi, Louisiana Tech
Pitcher – Baylee Corbello, LSU
Pitcher – Kaylee Guidry, Northwestern State
Catcher – Ashley Modzelewski, McNeese State
First Base – Brianna Rodriguez, Northwestern State
Second Base – Allison Falcon, LSU
Third Base – Alexis Cacioppo, Louisiana-Monroe
Shortstop – Tara McKenney, Northwestern State
Outfield – Kellye Kincannon, Northwestern State
Outfield – Katie Lacour, Southeastern Louisiana
Outfield – Brooke Thomas, LSU-Alexandria
Designated Player – Cassandra Barefield, Northwestern State
Pitcher – Samantha Hamby, ULM; Logan Hebert, LSU-Alexandria
Catcher – Kellsi Kloss, LSU
First Base – Kelsey Vincent, Louisiana-Lafayette
Second Base – Miyuki Navarette, ULM
Third Base – Heather Bunn, LSU-Alexandria; Samantha Walsh, Louisiana-Lafayette; Tammy Wray, LSU
Outfield – Bailey Landry, LSU; Shellie Landry, Louisiana-Lafayette; Lauren Langner, McNeese State; Shelbi Redfearn, Louisiana-Lafayette; Taylor Terrio, Nicholls
Designated Player – Emily Vincent, McNeese State
Hitter of the Year: Lexie Elkins, Louisiana-Lafayette
Pitcher of the Year: Christina Hamilton, Louisiana-Lafayette
Newcomer of the Year: Lexie Elkins, Louisiana-Lafayette
Freshman of the Year: Sahvanna Jaquish, LSU
Coach of the Year: (tie) Mike Smith, McNeese State; Charlie Zeilman, LSU-Alexandria