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No. 12 Louisiana-Lafayette Wins 2013 NFCA Division I Leadoff Classic
CLEARWATER, Fla. – With a four-way deadlock at the top of the final standings, the No. 12 Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns were eventually named the champions of the 2013 NFCA Division I Leadoff Classic via run differential after posting a 4-1 overall record at the event.
ULL equaled No. 15 Michigan, UCF and DePaul with identical 4-1 marks, but won on run differential on the strength of routing James Madison (9-1, 6 inn.) on Sunday. The Wolverines had entered the final day unbeaten at the tournament, but suffered a 4-3 defeat at the hands of DePaul, opening the door for the Ragin’ Cajuns, Knights and Blue Demons to have an opportunity to claim the crown.
Michigan’s Sara Driesenga was tabbed as the NFCA Division I Leadoff Classic’s Most Valuable Pitcher after posting a 4-1 record from the circle with a 1.76 ERA, three complete games, 29 strikeouts in 30.2 innings of work and a no-hitter during a 3-0 victory over Hofstra. She also hit .308 at the plate with four walks, an on-base percentage of .474 and five RBIs.
Laura Canopy of Illinois State was chosen as the NFCA Division I Leadoff Classic’s Most Valuable Player. The infielder hit .389 overall (7-for-18) with two doubles, a triple, a homer and a tournament-leading 11 RBIs for the Redbirds. In fact, Canopy was responsible for 42 percent of her team’s total RBI production during the weekend.
NFCA Division I Leadoff Classic All-Tournament Team
Most Valuable Player: Laura Canopy, Illinois State
Most Valuable Pitcher: Sara Driesenga, Michigan
Ashley Lane, Michigan
Allie Braden, DePaul
Kirsten Verdun, DePaul
Morgan Barchan, Southern Illinois
Jayna Spivey, Southern Illinois
Tessa Ziemba, Hofstra
Justine Vela, UC Davis
Erica Field, James Madison
Brianna Cherry, Louisiana-Lafayette
Shellie Landry, Louisiana-Lafayette
Shelby Turner, UCF
Melanie Habib, Pacific