Ragin’ Cajuns announce addition of four softball transfers for 2018
LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball announced Wednesday the addition of four transfers who joined the program at the start of the Fall 2017 semester.
The group of newcomers includes utility player Alissa Dalton (Oklahoma), outfielders Kalyn Watts (Southeastern Louisiana) and Raina O’Neal (Texas Tech) and infielder Cori McCrary (Jones County JC).
Louisiana opens the team portion of fall practice on Thursday, Oct. 5 at Lamson Park. Intrasquad scrimmages at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. are open to the public.
“I love the players that we have added, they are great athletes, good students, hard workers, tough and awesome teammates,” Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball head coach Michael Lotief said. “The fall is one of my favorite parts of the season because you get to evaluate each players’ talents and skills, but it’s also fun to watch a new group interact and learn to care about each other and our Cajun values.”
Dalton is a sophomore who appeared in 31 games (29 starts) with two-time defending national champion Oklahoma in 2017. She hit .326, posted nine extra base hits and generated 18 RBI in her collegiate debut season.
The Cy-Fair (Texas) High School product was ranked No. 34 in FloSoftball’s Top 100 for the class of 2016 and was a member of the 2017 USA Women’s Junior National Team.
Watts, who comes in as a senior, competed last season at Southeastern Louisiana and began her collegiate career at Jones County JC. She earned NJCAA All-American honors as a sophomore at Jones County and was a two-time All-Region 23 selection. She launched 18 home runs and posted 75 RBI during her two-year stay at JCC.
O’Neal played her freshman season at Texas Tech and started all 55 games for the Red Raiders. She produced seven doubles, three triples and a team-leading 12 home runs. A native of Richmond, Texas, O’Neal was a dual sport athlete (softball/track and field) at Fort Bend Travis High School.
McCrary has two years of eligibility remaining after spending the previous two seasons at Jones County JC. Last season, she batted leadoff for the Bobcats with a .396 average, producing 82 hits and scoring 78 runs. She led the MACJC and was 11th nationally in stolen bases (35).
“Our team leadership has done a great job welcoming and orientating this group to our standards and culture,” Lotief said. “We cannot wait to get out on the field together and play the game we all love.”
For more information on Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball, as well as all of Ragin’ Cajuns Athletics, visit RaginCajuns.com. Fans can also follow along with the team on Facebook (/RaginCajunSoftball),Twitter (@RaginCajunsSB) and Instagram (@RaginCajunsSoftball).
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