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Pickett named Louisiana Coach of the Year, Lady Demons earn All-Louisiana honors
Jun 06, 2013 | 294 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Head coach Donald Pickett and junior college transfer pitcher Kaylee Guidry earned special honors while first baseman Brittany Rodriguez, third baseman Brittany Virgoe and designated player Cassandra Barefield won first-team recognition on the 2013 All-Louisiana collegiate softball team announced late Saturday.

Pitcher Kylie Roos was a second-team choice. Pickett won state Coach of the Year honors while Guidry, also an honorable mention selection, shared state Newcomer of the Year accolades with LSU's Ashley Czechner, also a pitcher.

The state's three NCAA Tournament entries headed the team. Louisiana-Lafayette topped all schools with four first-team picks while LSU and Northwestern each had three.

The Louisiana Sports Writers Association released the team, chosen by media and sports information personnel from around the state, who considered top players from all of the state's four-year institutions.

Pickett, completing a rebuilding project in his fourth season, led the Lady Demons to a 40-15 record, a school-record .727 winning percentage and their first Southland Conference Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament appearance since 2002. He is the Lady Demons' first Louisiana Coach of the Year in this sport since 1998.     

UL Lafayette sophomore right-hander Jordan Wallace was voted Pitcher of the Year. LSU shortstop Bianka Bell was chosen Freshman of the Year.     

Guidry, a transfer from two-year LSU-Eunice and a junior from Walker, was 12-3 with one save and posted  a 1.66 ERA. She was 8-1 in Southland Conference games.

Rodriguez, a junior from Rowlett, Texas, batted .359 with six home runs and 46 RBI while earning first-team All-Southland honors.  Virgoe, a sophomore from Anaheim, Cal., hit .335 with eight homers and 34 RBI while making second-team All-Southland, as did Barefield, who crushed 14 home runs, batted .325 and had 45 RBI.
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