Softball — Northwestern State places two first-teamers on Southland Conference All-Academic


For the first time since 2015, Northwestern State softball landed a pair of first-team selections on the Southland Conference All-Academic Teams, which the league announced Wednesday.

Senior outfielders Elise Vincent and Kaitlyn St. Clair were selected to the 12-player first team by the league’s coaches, sports information directors and academic advisors.

Both Vincent and St. Clair are making their second career appearances on the conference’s All-Academic team after Vincent was picked in 2019 and St. Clair in 2018.

Elise Vincent. Credit is Beverly Vincent/Submitted Photo

Vincent was productive in NSU’s leadoff spot, scoring 20 runs and driving in another 10 with a .323 batting average in 22 games of a COVID-19 shortened season. Her 17 walks ranked second in the Southland, pushing her on-base percentage to .458.

The speedster from Maurice stole 12 bases in 13 attempts to lead the team.

The biology major graduated with a 3.93 GPA (chemistry minor) and plans to pursue medical school.

Kaitlyn St. Clair. Credit is Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services

St. Clair was arguably NSU’s most steady influence in the lineup and in the classroom.

The Cypress, Texas, native posted a 4.0 GPA and obtained a degree in psychology.

The senior compiled a .344 batting average with 17 runs scored, nine RBIs and a home run. Both her batting average and runs scored ranked second on the team.

St. Clair tied for the team lead with seven multi-hit games, including at Houston and at Memphis.

The seniors led NSU to a 15-7 mark and a sweep of defending league champion Sam Houston State to start conference play.