Summer Ellyson/Megan Kleist Named to USA Softball Watch List
The Dynamic Duo of the vaunted Louisiana Ragin' Cajun pitching staff were named to a prestigious preseason list on Wednesday.
Senior pitchers Summer Ellyson and Megan Kleist were both named to the 2020 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List.
Ellyson was named a Third-Team NFCA All-American, perceived by most as the most prestigious All-American selection in the sport, last season.
Ellyson becomes the 33rd different player to land NFCA All-American honors in Louisiana softball history, while her selection increased the total number of All-American selections in program history to 54.
A product of Teurlings Catholic High School, Ellyson led the nation in victories in 2019, with 39, the second-most in a single season in UL softball history.
A right-hander, Ellyson put together an incredible overall season, going 39-6 with a 1.11 ERA., while striking out 354 hitters over 272.1 innings pitched.
The 2019 Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year, Ellyson helped guide the Cajuns to a 52-6 record last season, including a perfect 25-0 record in league play.
Ellyson, who was voted the Sun Belt Conference Preseason Pitcher of the Year for 2020 earlier this week, was also named a First Team All-Central Region selection by the NFCA last season.
A 2018 NFCA First Team All-American and the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, Kleist will have one year of eligibility remaining with the Cajuns.
During her three-year stay in Oregon, Kleist won at least 15 games each year on the way to accumulating a 59-18 mark, while posting a 1.60 ERA over 477 innings pitched.
The 2016 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, Kleist was awarded All-American accolades in 2017, while also being tabbed an NFCA All-Pacific Region selection three times.
In 2018, Kleist hit the 20-win mark for the second-consecutive year, going 21-7 with a 1.32 ERA, including 221 strikeouts in 179.2 innings pitched.
In the final 2018 NCAA rankings, Kleist ranked inside the Top 25 for earned run average, fewest hits allowed, shutouts, strikeout-to-walk ratio, total strikeouts, strikeouts per seven innings, victories and fewest walks allowed.