Ashley BrignacUL-Lafayette Softball – 2008 Corbett Award Winner
One of the most highly-touted recruits in UL-Lafayette softball history, River Ridge’s Ashley Brignac managed to exceed the hype in her freshman campaign with the Ragin’ Cajuns as she has been named the female 2008 Corbett Award winner.
The John Curtis product registered 31 wins included 13 shutouts, three no-hitters and a perfect game to earn Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year honors as well as the Sun Belt Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award while leading her team to the SBC title.
Brignac accounted for 60 percent of her team’s wins as the Ragin’ Cajuns rolled to a 51-13 record and their fifth Women’s College World Series appearance. She had seven wins and a save against ranked opponents, including a season-best 15 strikeouts in the Cajuns win over No. 1 Florida in the opening game of the WCWS. She had 17 games with double-digit strikeouts and fanned a UL freshman-record 327 batters in 228.1 innings of work.
In Sun Belt Conference play, she was 12-1 in 15 appearances, posting a 1.54 ERA, four shutouts, and 119 strikeouts. She was named Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week four times and Louisiana Sports Writers Association Pitcher of the Week twice.
Also a model student, Brignac was an NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete and was named to the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s List.
This marks the second consecutive year for Brignac to receive honors from the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Following her superlative high school career, she was named the 2007 Outstanding Prep Player in the State.