Towson MD – Louisiana senior pitcher Ashley Brignac was named Academic All-America® of the Year for the University Division, in the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America® Softball Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

A kinesiology and exercise science major with a 4.00 G.P.A., Brignac is making her first appearance on the Capital One Academic All-America® University Division first team. She led the Ragin’ Cajuns to a 51-11 record and the NCAA Division I Austin Regional championship game in 2011 before they lost to the University of Houston, 4-1, on May 22. Brignac led Louisiana to its 11th Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship in the last 12 years.

A Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Region second team selection in 2008 and 2011, Brignac compiled a 32-7 record with 10 shutouts and a 1.50 E.R.A. this season. A native of River Ridge, La. has pitched seven no-hitters in her career, including four diamond gems in 2011. Brignac struck out 244 batters and walked 73 in 233.2 innings pitched as a senior. She did not commit an error in 55 fielding chances.

After missing the entire 2010 season and part of 2009 with an injury, Brignac dominated the Sun Belt Conference this Spring with a 14-3 record and 1.08 E.R.A. She was named as the Sun Belt Pitcher of the Year in 2011 and 2008. In addition, Brignac, who has a year of eligibility remaining, was named the conference’s Pitcher of the Week seven times out of 13 possible weeks this year. A NFCA High School All-American, she was the staff ace on the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team that won the 2006 Pan Am Championship and gold medal at the 2007 World Championships.

Junior catcher Kelsey Kittleson of Luther College won the Academic All-America® of the Year in the College Division.

A Biology major with a 4.00 G.P.A., Kittleson is also making her first appearance on the Capital One Academic All-America® College Division first team. She received the NCAA Elite 88 Award for the second straight year as the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament in Salem, Va.

A native of St. Ansgar, Iowa, Kittleson led Luther College to the NCAA Tournament, a number four national-ranking, and a 41-6 overall record including a 14-2 mark in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Starting in all 47 games, she batted .403 with three home runs and 41 RBI. An outstanding defensive catcher, she had a .998 fielding percentage with only one error in 410 fielding chances. She threw out 9 of 29 base runners attempting to steal and added seven pickoffs.

Kittleson was named to the 2011 All-Iowa Conference first team and the NFCA All-Midwest Region second team. A Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader, Kittleson is a member of Luther Athletes Serving Others, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and serves as a Health Science Club officer.

Among the other first team honoroees is SLU graduate student Katie Duhe, an infielder who was named to the second team in 2010.