Updated: 5/07/2014 9:48 pm
The Sun Belt Conference named former East softball player Lexie Elkins as conference Player of the Year. The Player of the Year honor is the first for UL Lafayette sophomore Elkins, who introduced herself to the Cajuns faithful with a monster 2014 season. She slugged 17 home runs and batted .386 in 48 games, all at catcher. She finished the year tops in the conference in slugging percentage (.784), RBI (64), home runs (17), and total bases (120), and ranks in the top five in batting average (4th/.386), on base percentage (3rd/.500), hits (5th/59), and walks (t-3rd/33).
She hit a season-high seven RBI against Lamar on March 7 in her second multi-homer game of the season, with the first coming in the season opener against Lamar on Feb. 7. A two-time Sun Belt Player of the Week recipient, Elkins ranks sixth in the nation in RBI per game and ninth in home runs per game.