Gabriele Bridges and Christi Orgeron were named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American third team after leading the Cajuns to a 51-11 record, and a 13th consecutive NCAA Regional appearance.

The two power hitters paced an offense that leads the nation in scoring at 7.76 runs per game and total offense at 481 runs.

Bridges, a senior from Lafitte, posted a career-high 22 home runs in 2011 to go along with 79 RBI and a .369 batting average, also career-highs. Bridges also blasted four grand slams on the season, setting an NCAA single-season record.

She finished the season in third place nationally with her 22 home runs and in second place in the nation with her 79 RBI.

Bridges finishes a very successful career for the Cajuns with 66 career home runs, the third highest total in school and Sun Belt history and the 14th best mark in NCAA history.

Orgeron, a USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 10 finalist, finished the season with a historic 101 RBI. That total is the most in the nation, 22 ahead of Bridges who sits in second place. The 101 RBI total is the third highest single-season total in NCAA history, and the highest since 1996.

Orgeron, a junior from New Orleans, also posted a career-high 23 home runs and a career-high .414 batting average. The 23 homers rank as the second most in the nation. Orgeron also scored 75 runs on the season, the third highest total in the nation.

The two All-American selections mark the first time since 2003 (Danyele Gomez and Becky McMurtry) that two Cajuns were named to the All-American team in the same season. Louisiana has now had multiple All-Americans on 10 different occasions.

Bridges and Orgeron become the 21st and 22nd different Cajuns to earn All-American honors as UL has now grabbed 39 All-American awards in the 31-year history of the program.

Under co-head coaches Stefni and Michael Lotief, eight different Cajuns have now won 11 All-American awards. The All-American selections are the first for UL since 2009 when Karli Hubbard was named to the team.

1st Team    
P Dallas Escobedo Arizona State University
P Jolene Henderson University of California, Berkeley
P Chelsea Thomas University of Missouri
C Kaylyn Castillo Arizona State University
1B Megan Bush University of Florida
2B Lauren Gibson University of Tennessee
3B Amanda Chidester University of Michigan
SS Ashley Hansen Stanford University
OF Kayla Braud University of Alabama
OF Kelsey Bruder University of Florida
OF Brittany Lastrapes University of Arizona
UT/Pitcher Jackie Traina University of Alabama
UT/Non-Pitcher Andrea Harrison University of California, Los Angeles
At-Large-SS Katelyn Boyd Arizona State University
At-Large-P Kelsey Dunne University of Alabama
At-Large-1B Adrienne Monka Northwestern University
At-Large-P Keilani Ricketts University of Oklahoma
At-Large-UT/NP Brittany Schutte University of Florida
     
2nd Team    
P Kenzie Fowler University of Arizona
P Blaire Luna University of Texas
P Hannah Rogers University of Florida
C Jessica Shults University of Oklahoma
1B Hoku Nohara New Mexico State University
2B Ashley Lane University of Michigan
3B Brigette Del Ponte University of Arizona
SS Kelsi Weseman Georgia Tech
OF Raven Chavanne University of Tennessee
OF Ashley Fleming University of Missouri
OF Megan Wiggins University of Georgia
UT/Pitcher Melissa Dumezich Texas A&M University
UT/Non-Pitcher Niki Williams University of Washington
At-Large-P Whitney Canion Baylor University
At-Large-3B Alisa Goler University of Georgia
At-Large-SS Whitney Larsen University of Alabama
At-Large-SS Jenn Salling University of Washington
At-Large-P Jordan Taylor University of Michigan
     
3rd Team    
P Jen Mineau Fordham University
P Sara Plourde University of Massachusetts
P Ellen Renfroe University of Tennessee
C Taylor Edwards University of Nebraska
1B Gabriele Bridges University of Louisiana
2B Aja Paculba University of Florida
3B Heather Johnson University of Notre Dame
SS Dani Leal Baylor University
OF Bree Evans University of Michigan
OF Jamia Reid University of California, Berkeley
OF Rhea Taylor University of Missouri
UT/Pitcher Aimee Creger University of Tulsa
UT/Non-Pitcher Dani Miller University of Notre Dame
At-Large-SS Lindsey Hansen Michigan State University
At-Large-P Brittany Mack Louisiana State University
At-Large-OF Michelle Moultrie University of Florida
At-Large-OF Christi Orgeron University of Louisiana
At-Large-2B Danielle Zymkowitz University of Illinois


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