Louisiana Ragin' Cajun softball season begins in 9 days, with giant expectations looming.

And why not? Louisiana is one of the most talented teams in the country, with a chance to compete for a National Championship.

Today, they were the unanimous preseason pick to win the the Sun Belt Conference in the SBC preseason coaches poll.

Senior pitcher Summer Ellyson is the preseason Sun Belt pitcher of the year, while her teammate, senior shortstop Alissa Dalton, is the preseason Sun Belt player of the year.

Joining Ellyson and Dalton on the preseason all Sun-Belt team are Ragin' Cajuns senior pitcher Megan Kleist, senior catcher Julie Rawls, senior 2B Kaitlyn Alderink, senior outfielder Sarah Hudek, junior outfielder Raina O'Neal and junior DP/1B Bailey Currey.

Preseason Coaches' Poll
First-place votes in parentheses

1. Louisiana (10) – 100 points
2. Troy - 85
3. UTA - 77
4. Texas State - 74
5. Coastal Carolina - 56
6. Appalachian State - 47
7. Georgia Southern - 36
8. South Alabama - 31
9. ULM - 26
10. Georgia State - 18

Preseason All-Sun Belt Team
Summer Ellyson, Louisiana (Sr., P, Lafayette, La.)^1
Megan Kleist, Louisiana (Sr., P, Appleton, Wisc.)
Julie Rawls, Louisiana (Sr., C, Hallsville, Texas)1
Reagan Wright, UTA (Sr., C, Mansfield, Texas)2
Katie Webb, Troy (Sr., 1B, Salem, Ala.)1
Kaitlyn Alderink, Louisiana (Sr., 2B, Keller, Texas)
Hailey Mackay, Texas State (Sr., 3B, Leander, Texas)
Alissa Dalton, Louisiana (Sr., SS, Cypress, Texas)*1
Jayden Mount, ULM (Sr., SS, Longview, Texas)
Whitney Walton, UTA (Sr., SS, Lake Jackson, Texas)1
Tara Oltmann, Texas State (Jr., SS, Giddings, Texas)2
Courtney Dean, Coastal Carolina (Jr., OF, Indian Trail, N.C.)2
Mekhia Freeman, Georgia Southern (Sr., OF, Newnan, Ga.)
Sarah Hudek, Louisiana (Sr., OF, Sugar Land, Texas)# 1
Raina O'Neal, Louisiana (Jr., OF, Richmond, Texas)2
Bailey Curry, Louisiana (Jr., DP/1B, Frankfort, Ky.)

Preseason Player of the Year
Alissa Dalton, Louisiana (Sr., SS, Cypress, Texas)*1

Preseason Pitcher of the Year
Summer Ellyson, Louisiana (Sr., P, Lafayette, La.)^1

12019 First Team All-Sun Belt selection
22019 Second Team All-Sun Belt selection
*2019 Sun Belt Player of the Year
^2019 Sun Belt Pitcher of the Year
#2019 Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year

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