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Cajuns lead SBC with 4 preseason All-Sun Belt Selections

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LAFAYETTE – Four members of the 22nd-ranked Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Softball team were selected to the 2018 Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference team.
No. 22 Louisiana was represented by senior Kelli Martinez, juniors Lexie Comeaux and Kara Gremillion and sophomore transfer Alissa Dalton.
Louisiana was one of five Sun Belt schools to place multiple selections on the list, leading the way with a conference-high four picks. The Preseason All-SBC team is voted on by the conference's 10 head coaches and consists of 15 players.
Gremillion and Comeaux are returning All-Sun Belt performers, earning first team and second team honors, respectively, in 2017.
Martinez, entering her fourth season as a starting outfielder, recorded 80 fly ball outs and delivered four assists last season. The slap-hit specialist hit a career-best .326 and produced career-high totals in hits (47), runs (38) and RBI (19).
Gremillion flourished in the leadoff spot in 2017, drawing 42 walks against 12 strikeouts over 221 plate appearances and finished Top 100 nationally with a .471 on base percentage. She has provided a strong anchor at third base, committing only 13 errors and piling up 199 assists over 336 career chances.
Comeaux took charge of the catching duties in 2017 and carried a .300-plus average from March 3 through season's end, finishing at .333 with 10 home runs and 48 RBI. She controlled the opponent's running game with only 29 stolen base attempts against her, and caught 10 stealing.
Dalton, set to debut with the Ragin' Cajuns after transferring from Oklahoma, appeared in 31 games (29 starts) with defending national champions as a freshman during 2017 season. She hit .326, posted nine extra base hits and generated 18 RBI in her collegiate debut season. Over the summer, she competed internationally with the U.S. Junior Women's National Team hitting .344 with a .656 slugging percentage over 36 plate appearances in tournament play.
Louisiana was picked second in the Sun Belt Conference preseason poll. The four-time defending league champion received four first-place votes and 92 total points, just three shy of first-place pick Texas State.
The 22nd-ranked Ragin' Cajuns are set to begin the 2018 season on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. vs. Samford at Lamson Park. The contest kicks off the Mardi Gras Classic and starts a season-opening, 15-game homestand which runs through Feb. 25.
The 2018 season marks the first for Louisiana with head coach Gerry Glasco, formerly the associate head coach at Auburn, Texas A&M and Georgia, who was named the fourth head coach of the Ragin' Cajuns on Nov. 20, 2017.
Season tickets, beginning at $101 for outfield seating, are currently on sale and can be purchased by phone at (337) 265-2357, online at RaginCajuns.com using Account Manager, or by visiting the Cajundome Box Office Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
For more information on Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Softball, as well as all of Ragin' Cajuns Athletics, visit RaginCajuns.com. Fans can also follow along with the team on Facebook (/RaginCajunsSB) and Twitter (@RaginCajunsSB).
Preseason All-Sun Belt Team
Randi Rupp (Texas State, SP, Sr.)1
Devin Brown (South Alabama, SP, Sr.)1
Ivie Drake (Georgia State, C, Sr.)1
Lexie Comeaux (Louisiana, C, Jr.)2
Aileen Garcia (UTA, 1B/C, So.)2
Kaleigh Todd (South Alabama, 2B, Sr.)1
Sandra Mendoza (UTA, 2B, Sr.)2
Ariel Ortiz (Texas State, SS, Sr.)1
Kristian Foster (South Alabama, SS, Sr.)2
Alissa Dalton (Louisiana, SS, So.)
Kara Gremillion (Louisiana, 3B, Jr.)1
Krista Rude (UTA, OF, Jr.)2
Mekhia Freeman (Georgia Southern, OF, So.)2
Kelli Martinez (Louisiana, OF, Sr.)
Megan Litumbe (Georgia State, DP, RSr.)1

Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year
Ariel Ortiz (Texas State, SS, Sr.)
Sun Belt Preseason Pitcher of the Year
Randi Rupp (Texas State, SP, Sr.)
12017 First Team All-Sun Belt selection
22017 Second Team All-Sun Belt selection
Preseason Coaches' Poll

Rank Team (First-Place Votes) Points
1. Texas State (6) 95
2. Louisiana (4) 92
3. Georgia State 80
4. South Alabama 72
5. ULM 46
6. UTA 42
7. Coastal Carolina 38
Georgia Southern 38
9. Troy 34
10. Appalachian State 13


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