By Matt Vines, Assistant Director of Communications
Northwestern State placed three players on the All-Southland Conference teams, the league announced Tuesday.
Second baseman Cayla Jones made her second appearance on the all-conference list, while utility player E.C. Delafield and outfielder Elise Vincent are making their first appearances on the postseason honor list.
Delafield made the first team at utility after excelling at the plate and in the circle.
The Stonewall native is 9-3 as a pitcher with seven of those wins coming in SLC play. Delafield has a 2.58 ERA overall with wins at regular season champion Sam Houston State, at McNeese, at Lamar and at Southeastern.
At the plate, Delafield produced the majority of her 17 RBIs and all four home runs in conference play.
Jones, a second-team third baseman, ranked in the top 11 in the league in eight different offensive categories. The sophomore led her team with a .333 batting average, 40 runs scored, 31 RBIs, 11 doubles, eight home runs and 31 walks drawn.
Vincent, a third-team outfielder, surged midseason to claim the starting right field position and had an outstanding conference slate.
The junior hit .296 overall and .316 in conference play, moving to the top of the batting order for the past six games.
The Maurice native had one of the best stolen base percentages in the league, going 18-for-21.
NSU has placed three or more players on the all-conference teams for the sixth time in seven seasons.
The No. 6 seed Lady Demons (28-25) will begin Southland Conference Tournament play today against No. 7 seed Lamar (23-33) at 1:30 p.m. at Lady Demon Diamond.
The contest is single elimination with the winner playing No. 3 seed McNeese (28-28) at 6:30 p.m.
Jones is a special blend of power, speed and consistency … ranks in the top 11 in eight major offensive categories entering final weekend …runs scored, on-base percentage and home runs are in top six SLC … Southland Conference Hitter of Week (April 1) with 10 RBIs on six hits in four games … provided tying run against Grambling in eventual win before a grand slam and two-run double helped NSU to pair of wins vs. Southeastern in a sweep … homered at SHSU to help NSU take 2 of 3 on road … homered at Arkansas, vs. HBU, Southeastern (twice) and La. Tech … 12 multi-hit games, including a four-hitter vs. Nevada … nine multi-RBI games.
Vincent excelled at turning over the lineup after becoming a full-time starter in the No. 9 hole just before midseason, but she took hold of the leadoff role for the final six games of the season … all told, she hit .316 in conference play and .296 overall (98 at-bats total) … Elise is an above average glove in right field … speedster is tied for 11th in steals (18) and has one of the best stolen base percentages (18-of-21) … had two RBI to help NSU clinch the series against UCA in the final weekend.
Delafield made impacts in the circle and at the plate, particularly in SLC play … As a pitcher, she’s 9-3 as a pitcher with a 2.58 ERA … seven of those wins came in SLC play, including at SHSU, at McNeese, at Lamar and against Southeastern … in SLC-only games, she’s 7-2 with a 2.81 ERA … offensively, she became the full-time DP near the start of conference play with most offensive stats coming vs. the SLC … 13 of her 16 RBIs, 13 of her 19 runs scored and all four home runs have come in league play.