LSUE softball pitcher Tina Schulz (Oak Ridge) made first team All-American, while catcher Emily Trahan (Vermilion Catholic) was named to the third team.
“They are two great players and leaders on and off the field,” LSUE softball coach Andy Lee said of the Lady Bengal duo. “Both graduates had over 3.0 GPAs and were part of over 100 wins in two seasons including first and second place finishes in the nation,” the coach said. “Not a bad first two years in college accomplishments.”
Trahan hit .356 with 21 RBI and had a strong performance behind the plate with .980 fielding percentage and only six errors all season.
“Emily exemplified the student athlete,” Lee said of Trahan. “She was also an Academic All American with a 3.7 GPA for two years.
Trahan will continue playing at UL Monroe.
“She worked hard every day and improved her game to be one of the best catchers in the nation,” he added. “A lot of our success in the circle the past two years can be contributed to her.”
Schulz finished the season with a 26-5 record and a 1.13 ERA, including 175 strikeouts and only 17 walks. She also batted .442 with a team leading eight home runs and 67 RBI.
“Tina is the most fierce and game knowing competitor I’ve ever coached,” Lee said. “She plays the game hard and the right way everyday.
Schulz will continue her softball career at Lamar University.
“Tina always played better when the game was on the line,” Lee said of two-time all American.
Sophomore outfielder Dalton Herrington (Homer) was named to the All-American second team and catcher Stuart Turner (Eunice) was also named the Easton National Defensive Player of the Year for Division II.
“For Stuart to be named the National Defensive Player of the Year is a tremendous honor,” LSUE head coach Jeff Willis said.
“He deserves every accolade he receives for how hard he works on the field and in the classroom.
“To also go through a season with only three errors at the catcher position where you touch the ball on nearly every single pitch is incredible and almost unheard of.”
Turner was named to the Rawlings Golden Glove team. He also won the Rawlings Gold Glove after his junior year at Eunice High.
Herrington led the team with a .350 BA with 10 home runs and 64 RBI. He also stole 48-of-50 bases this season.
“Dalton has had two incredible seasons with us,” Willis said.
“He has put up tremendous stats both years and has been the anchor to our offense. I’m proud of the ballplayer he has become through his hard work and intensity in everything that he does.”
Turner hit .332 with seven home runs and 49 RBI. He also had .994 fielding percentage in 59 games played.
“Both guys will continue to have tremendous careers at Ole Miss and ULM and I expect both of them to be playing professional baseball someday,” the LSUE coach said.