Will Lexie Elkins Still Finish As Sun Belt Conference Home Run Champion?
Will Lexie Elkins still finish as Sun Belt Conference home run champion?
Elkins, who is suffering from a hand injury, and hasn't seen game action since March 29, is out indefinitely.
The senior from Victoria, Texas leads the conference in home runs, with two of her own teammates right behind her.
Elkins, who hasn't been ruled out of the final regular series against ULM next weekend, still can finish as the league home run champion.
Meanwhile, the 7th-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun softball team continues to rank at the top in the latest Sun Belt Conference hitting and pitching statistics, with only two weeks remaining in the regular season.
Offensively, Louisiana is batting a .341 as a team, which ranks first, 43 percentage points ahead of UT-Arlington, who comes in second, hitting a .298.
The Cajuns also lead the league in home runs, with 87, 36 ahead of Troy, who has 51.
UL is also tops in the conference in runs scored (329), on-base percentage (.455), and slugging percentage (.646), while also placing second, behind Texas St., with a .970 fielding percentage.
Pitching-wise, Louisiana is tops in the league, currently sporting an overall combined 1.95 team ERA., ahead of Texas St., who ranks second, with a 1.97 ERA.
Individually, Elkins is the leader in two of the three major offensive categories, leading the conference in hitting (.538), and home runs (17), while also ranking at the top in on-base percentage (.648) and slugging percentage (1.263).
Elkins' teammates, Aleah Craighton and D.J. Sanders, along with Troy's Hannah Day are all tied for second, with 15 home runs, apiece.
Day leads the conference in runs batted in, with 59, while Georgia Southern’s Morgan Robinson has 47.
ULM’s Rochelle Roberts ranks second in hitting (.477), while also checking in with 34 steals, four behind Troy's Katie Benson, who leads the way with 38.
In the pitching department, Randi Rupp of leads the way with 22 victories and a 1.59 ERA., while also leading in strikeouts, with 263.
The Cajuns lead the way in the conference standings, sporting a 16-1 league mark, while South Alabama is 14-6, so UL can clinch the regular season title this weekend when they take on Georgia Southern.
Georgia Southern is 11-7, good enough for third place, while Texas St., Troy and Georgia St. are tied for fourth place, at 9-9.
UT-Arlington is currently in sixth place, at 7-11, while ULM is 6-12, and Appalachian St. is 2-19.
Louisiana is back in action on Saturday, when they travel to Statesboro, Georgia to take on the Georgia Southern Eagles in a doubleheader, representing the first two games of a three-game, weekend, Sun Belt Conference series.