Ashley Brignac Talks UL Softball & Her Career – AUDIO
Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajun softball team, the #6-overall national seed, will take on the 11th-seeded Arizona Wildcats in a best-of-three game Super Regional series this weekend at Lamson Park.
To get you ready for the very first Super Regional Regional ever played in Lafayette, La., we reached out to some former UL greats, to not only preview the big series, but to also take a look back at some special postseason memories.
Former UL pitcher Ashley was a guest on “Thinking Out Loud” on Tuesday.
Brignac, a product of John Curtis High School in River Ridge, Louisiana, played for the Cajuns from 2008-2012, missing the 2010 season due to injury.
The 2007 National Gatorade Player oft he Year in high school, Brignac is arguably the most most heralded recruit to sign with the softball program.
The right-hander made a big splash in her freshman year, going 31-7 with a 1.38 ERA, while being named the Louisiana Pitcher of the Year.
Most will remember Brignac's performance against Florida in the Women's College World Series as her finest hour in 2008, but her gem against Houston in the final game of that best-of-three Super Regional series was equally impressive.
With the season on the line, Brignac tossed a two-hit shutout, as the Cajuns blanked the Cougars, 4-0, to cash their ticket to Oklahoma City
Of course, the win over Florida, the top-seeded team in the WCWS, was pretty special, and Brignac was a major part, allowing only two earned runs in eight innings of work, in UL's 3-2 win.
Brignac went on to have a stellar career, and ended her time in a Cajun uniform ranked second all-time in games pitched (135), second in games started (116), third in victories (94), fourth in shutouts (35), second in strikeouts (862), and third in no-hitters (3).
A three-time Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year (2008, 2011, & 2012), Brignac ended her career in style, going 23-4 in her senior campaign of 2012.
As good as Brignac was on the diamond, she was even better of it, with numerous academic honors to her credit.
At the 2013 NCAA Convention, Brignac was honored with the prestigiousNCAA Today’s Top 10 Award, after graduating with a 4.0 GPA in kinesiology and exercise science.
Brignac is also a two-time Capital One Academic All-American Player of the Year (2011 & 2012) and was named the outstanding graduate for the college of education.
Yeah, she pretty much redefined the term "student/athlete", and truly one of the all-time greats.
Brignac joined us to talk about her career, share some postseason memories, and give her thoughts on this year’s team.
Listen to the interview, below: