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30-Year All-Sun Belt Teams- Softball

Softball: 7 Cajuns Make All-Time Sun Belt Team

January 26, 2006 - Brooke Mitchell, Lotief take player, coach honors

Dan McDonald
dmcdonald@theadvertiser.com

NEW ORLEANS - It should come as no surprise that the University of Louisiana softball team swept the top honors on the Sun Belt Conference's all-time softball team announced Wednesday.
What is surprising is that UL - holder of all five of the league's regular-season and tournament titles since softball became a Sun Belt sport, and boasting 15 NCAA appearances in the last 16 seasons - didn't have the most players on the squad.

Western Kentucky - holder of zero conference titles and zero NCAA appearances - had seven players on the league's 30-year anniversary team, while the Cajuns had six.

The two top honors went to pitcher Brooke Mitchell, named the league's All-Time Player, and Stefni Lotief, named the All-Time Coach. The selections were made by a 26-member media panel and are being conducted in each of the league's sports this year as part of the Sun Belt's 30-year anniversary celebration.
Cajun selections to the team included Mitchell, shortstop Alana Addison (1999-2002), third baseman Lynn Britton (1993-96), outfielder Danyele Gomez (2003-present), pitcher Kyla Hall (1991-94) and Lotief, who as Stefni Whitton (1987-90) also earned player honors on the team.

Jennifer Owens, FIU, 2001-04; Amanda Nealer, FIU, 2002-05; Kelly Nicosia, FIU, 2000-02; Stefni Whitton, Louisiana, 1987-90; Brooke Mitchell, Louisiana, 2002-05; Kyla Hall, Louisiana, 1991-94; Lynn Britton, Louisiana, 1993-96; Alana Addison, Louisiana, 1999-2002; Danyele Gomez, Louisiana, 2003-present; Cortney Mitchell, MTSU, 2003-04; Jennifer Martinez, MTSU, 1999-2002; Mel Briggs, New Mexico State, 1999-2002; Christine Stevens, New Mexico State, 1999-2003; Veronica Owens, New Mexico State, 2003-04; Stephanie Cranmer, North Texas, 2004-05; Sara Alanis, WKU, 2000-02; Shelly Floyd, WKU, 2002-05; Riley Garcia, WKU, 2001-04; Adrienne Lathrop, WKU, 2003-present; Renita Pennington, WKU, 2002-05; Jessie Richardson, WKU, 2000-04; Allison Soliver, WKU, 2001-04.


All-Time Player: Brooke Mitchell, Louisiana.


All-Time Coach: Stefni Lotief, Louisiana.


UL Representatives


ALL-TIME PLAYER


Brooke Mitchell (2002-05) - 2004 All-American, led UL to upset of No. 1 Arizona in 2004 NCAA Regional ... Pitched Cajuns to 2003 Women's College World Series ... Cajun career leader in wins (119) and strikeouts (1,309) and second all-time in no-hitters (10).


ALL-TIME COACH


Stefni Lotief (2001-05) - Five straight Sun Belt regular season and tournament titles, every year that softball has been a Sun Belt sport, as well as five NCAA post-season appearances ... Has a 259-52 (.833) career record including an 84-6 (.933) record in Sun Belt regular-season play ... Has a 16-0 Sun Belt post-season record.


PLAYERS


Alana Addison (1999-2002), Shortstop - 2001 All-American and NCAA RBI champion ... Member of USA 2003 Elite Team ... Leads UL with 57 career home runs, 221 RBI, 108 walks and 508 total bases ... Ranks second with 216 runs and fifth with 268 hits.


Lynn Britton (1993-96), Third Base - Four-time All-American, the first in UL history ... Holds career .359 batting average with 26 home runs, 152 RBI and a .962 fielding percentage.


Danyele Gomez (2003-present), Outfield - One of only two still-active players selected ... Already second in career home runs and fourth in RBI ... 2005 All-American and 2003 All-American as a true freshman ... Only player in history to hit 20 homers in a season twice.


Kyla Hall (1991-94), Pitcher - Three-time All-American ... Holds school records with 0.50 career ERA, 17 no-hitters and 56 shutouts ... Second in school history with 104 victories and 820 strikeouts.


Stefni Lotief (1987-90), Pitcher - First UL All-American, earning that honor twice ... Posted 78 wins, 576 strikeouts, six no-hitters and 55 shutouts during career ... Only walked 60 batters in 747 career innings.



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