DJ Sanders Continues To Chase SBC Triple Crown
Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun shortstop DJ Sanders continues her chase of the Sun Belt Conference softball Triple Crown.
A junior Columbus, Mississippi, Sanders is presently hitting a .406, to go along with 27 home runs and 70 runs batted in.
Sanders leads the league in both homers and runs batted in, while currently ranking second in batting average, three percentage points behind Taty Forbes of Coastal Carolina.
A legitimate contender for National Player of the Year, and the likely Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year pick this year, Sanders also leads the league in slugging percentage, runs scored, and total bases, while ranking second in walks, behind teammate Aleah Craighton.
Another Sanders teammate, Haley Hayden, is having a fine senior season with Louisiana, ranking fourth in the conference with a .389 batting average, while driving in 53 runs, which ranks second.
Senior second baseman Kassidy Zeringue has been hot of late, and is now third n the league, with a .404 batting average, only two percentage points behind Sanders, and only five behind the league leader.
The Cajuns have three of the top four hitters in the league, with Sanders, Zeringue, and Hayden ranking 2, 3, and 4, respectively.
In addition, sophomore catcher Lexie Comeaux is currently tied for 10th in the league in hitting, at a .360, while Criaghton leads the conference in on-base percentage, at a .557.
In the pitching department, Texas St.’s Randi Rupp leads the conference in wins (24), ERA. (1.15), and strikeouts (275).
The Cajuns have two pretty good pitchers in their own right, as senior Alex Stewart and freshman Alyssa Denham have combined for a 34-5 record, to go along with a 2.02. ERA.
Offensively, as a team, Louisiana is hitting a .345, with 76 home runs, both of which leads the league.
Pitching-wise, the Cajuns currently sport an overall combined team ERA. of 2.10, which ranks second, behind Texas St. (1.56).
This weekend, Louisiana faces a ULM team which ranks 8th in the league in hitting (.252), and 5th in pitching (2.92 ERA).