LSU Eunice's Hollier earns All-American status
EUNICE – A pair of LSU Eunice softball players have been names NJCAA All-Americans following their play this season, as sophomore Kelsey Hollier and freshman Julienne Broussard were part of the team announced by the NJCAA this morning, becoming the sixth and seventh NJCAA All-Americans in program history.
Hollier, a sophomore, was one of the 15 players named first-team All-Americans, while Broussard, a freshman pitcher, garnered third-team All-American status.
The selections mark the third consecutive season that the Lady Bengals have had two players named to the national team, joining Tina Schulz (2011, 2012), Emily Trahan (2012), Hayley McCall (2011) and Rhea Person (2009) as the only LSU Eunice players honored as All-Americans.
“Kelsey and Julienne are two very deserving candidates that proved their dominance not just in the regular season, but also in the postseason to help lead our team to a National Championship,” head coach Andy Lee said.
Hollier finished her Lady Bengal career with a .393 batting average while driving in a program-record 81 RBI, eclipsing McCall’s mark of 73 RBI set in 2011.
The former Rayne High standout finished with 20 doubles, five triples and 13 home runs to notch a .434 on-base percentage and a .720 slugging percentage. She finished the season with just eight strikeouts, the fourth-fewest on the tem and least among regular starters.
Broussard set new program benchmarks in two different categories, finishing with 30 victories and 205 strikeouts in her freshman campaign. Her strikeout total passed Schulz’s 148 punch-outs set in 2011, while Broussard’s win total eclipsed the previous record of 23 victories by Heather Abshire set in 2011.
She threw a total of 208.0 innings of work, holding opponents to 46 runs (41 earned runs) while finishing with a 1.77 ERA.
Hollier and Broussard both were key components to the Lady Bengals this season, as the team finished with a 62-5 record capped off with the program’s second NJCAA National Championship last Saturday.
The duo was also recently named to the NJCAA All-Region 23 team along with teammates Brooke Clark and Notre Dame’s Taylor Simon.