For the second straight season Northwestern State softball has two representatives on the Louisiana Sports Writer’s Association All-Louisiana Softball Teams, released by the LSWA on Friday.
First-Team All-Southland players Laney Roos and Sage Hoover each received the honor, their first all-state awards at NSU.
Roos earned a spot on the second team in the outfield, where she spent the majority of the conference schedule after beginning the season in the designated player role, and led the Lady Demons in eight different offensive categories.
She batted a team-best .365 on the season, sixth best in the Southland, with her 58 total hits the eighth most in a single season by any player under head coach Donald Pickett.
She slashed .365/.431/.547, top 10 in the Southland in each category, for the year with six home runs and 32 RBI with a team-leading 17 multi-hit games, including the final two games of the conference tournament where she had five hits in her final eight at bats.
Picking up an LSWA honorable mention was NSU’s freshman standout pitcher.
Hoover was named Southland Freshman of the Year after leading the league in strikeouts at 175, the most by a pitcher under Pickett, with a 9.3 K/7 rate. She finished with an 11-7 record and 2.56 ERA with 11 complete games and tied for 11th in the nation with five saves.
She threw the 15th no-hitter in program history on April 22 against UIW and set the school record for strikeouts in a game with 18 in a 12-inning complete game win at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.