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Wallace Named Preseason Pitcher of the Year, Cajuns Tabbed First


The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns softball team was selected to finish first in the Sun Belt Conference and junior pitcher Jordan Wallace was named the Preseason Pitcher of the Year by a vote of the leagues coaches, as announced by the conference office on Monday evening.
Wallace is joined by sophomores Shellie Landry and Sara Corbello as the Cajuns' three representatives on the Sun Belt Preseason team.
WKU's Olivia Watkins was named the Preseason Player of the Year.
The Cajuns received six-of-eight first-place votes and 62 total points in the poll, with South Alabama receiving the other two first-place votes and 57 points.
"Before our focus turns to the conference schedule, we still have a lot of work ahead of us," head coach Michael Lotief said.  "Conference play seems a long way away to us.  This team continues to prepare day in and day out getting ready for the season and the schedule ahead of them."
Wallace went 32-9 with 382 strikeouts, while posting a 1.70 ERA in her sophomore campaign, earning all-Sun Belt first-team honors.  She was named to the NFCA All-Regional team, and was the MVP of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional after going 3-0 with three shutouts to lead the Cajuns to their eighth Regional Championship.
Sophomore outfielder Shellie Landry was named Sun Belt second-team last season, after hitting 16 home runs and 61 RBI while batting .284.  She set a school record with three home runs against Southern Miss on April 10, including two in the same inning.  It was the 31st time in NCAA history in which a player hit three home runs in a game.
Sophomore Sara Corbello joins the duo of reigning all-Sun Belt selections.  Corbello hit eight home runs on the season, including two in the post season.  She hit her first against LSU in the regional semifinal game, and her second against Michigan in the Cajuns' 5-0 victory in the NCAA Super Regionals.
"Our conference has grown a lot as indicated last year," Lotief said.  "With three teams going to postseason and competing at a high level, this year will present new challenges.  There will be a lot of challenges a head, but there is a lot of time to prepare for them."
The Ragin' Cajuns open their 2014 season on Feb. 7 at Lamson Park, when they take on Northern Illinois in their first game of the 2014 Louisiana Classics.  Season tickets can be purchased for $135 for reserved seats and $75 dollars for bleacher seats.  Tickets are on sale at the Cajundome Ticket Office or by visiting RaginCajuns.com.

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