Lexie ElkinsUL-Lafayette, Softball, 2015-16 Corbett Award
After a sensational junior season for the UL-Lafayette softball program, Lexie Elkins returned to the diamond as a senior and once again dominated the collegiate softball world. She became the second woman to be a back-to-back winner of the Corbett Award as the top amateur athlete in the state of Louisiana.
The Corbett Award caps an amazing career of accomplishments for the 5-10 catcher from Victoria, Texas. She was a three-time All-American, including first team as a junior and senior and was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 National Pro Fastpitch Draft. She was also one of four finalists for the Honda Award for softball, which recognizes the best in the nation in each sport.
In 2016, Elkins became the first Ragin’ Cajun to finish a season with a .500-plus average (.509). She led the nation in batting average, slugging percentage (1.130) and home runs per game (0.51), which powered the No. 1 home run hitting (1.96 per game) and slugging (.622) team in Division I.
“I learned to trust the process and to trust my teammates and Coach Mike [Lotief],” Elkins said. “He knows what he’s talking about and my teammates do too. If I couldn’t get it done, I knew they would. That took away the stress and made my job much easier.”
In addition, Elkins launched 19 home runs, knocked in 49 runs, scored 42 times and drew 28 free passes for a .607 on-base percentage.
Along with her monstrous offensive numbers, she committed just one error behind the dish for a .996 field percentage, tallied 25 assists and controlled the opposition’s running game limiting foes to 14 stolen base attempts over 37 games competed in at the position.
Nominated for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year, Elkins was the first individual in Sun Belt history to win Student-Athlete of the Year honors a third straight time and was also recognized as the state of Louisiana’s Hitter of the Year.
“The relationships I created and my memories from UL are untouchable,” Elkins said. “Playing there was a once in a lifetime experience. Nothing will come close to touching that experience.”
The Victoria, Texas, native climbed into the No. 2 spot on school’s career home run chart, finishing with 75 career home runs in a Ragin’ Cajuns uniform after hitting none as a freshman at Texas Tech. Her career home run tally ranks 12th all-time in NCAA history.
After spending the summer playing for the Pennsylvania Rebellion professional softball team, Elkins will return to Lafayette and will assist the Ragin’ Cajun softball program as she completes her degree.
“They couldn’t keep me away for long,” she joked.
During the 2016 season, Ragin’ Cajuns Softball claimed its third straight Sun Belt Conference championship and 14th in the 16 years of league competition since 2001. The squad appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the 18th straight year and 26th time overall in the past 27 years dating back to 1990. The Ragin’ Cajuns hosted an NCAA Regional at Lamson Park for the fourth time in the past five years (2012, 2014-16) and advanced to an NCAA Super Regional for the fifth straight year (2012-16).
Another sign of the tremendous success of the Ragin’ Cajuns is this Corbett Award honor. Not only was it the second straight for Elkins, but it extended an impressive stretch by the UL softball team, which has now earned Corbett Award recognition in four of the last five years and five of the last eight.