Landry among seven Colonels to receive conference honors
The N i c h o l l s S t a t e University softball team was well-represented on the 2017 All-Southland teams as a total of seven Colonels garnered recognition led by First Team first b a s e m a n K a s e y Frederick.
Frederick’s nod gave Nicholls a first-team selection for the second consecutive season.
The Colonels had four players land on Second Team – shortstop Amanda Gianelloni, second baseman Brooke Morris, outfielder Samantha Mracich and designated player Jessica Taylor.
Megan Landry received third-team honors to give Nicholls six members on the three teams, tying Lamar and Abilene Christian for the most in the league.
Sydney Bourg also received honorable mention at utility.
Frederick had an outstanding sophomore campaign where she hit .372 in league play and was one of the premier power hitters, ranking in the top 5 of the SLC in doubles (10), home runs (5), RBIs (24) and slugging percentage (.718). She totaled 29 hits in 27 games and scored 20 runs, which ranked sixth in the Southland. Overall, the Bridge City, Texas native posted a .315 batting averge with a team-high 11 doubles, seven home runs and 31 RBIs.
Gianelloni followed up her freshman season with another All-Southland performance by hitting .372 in conference with 29 hits and 11 RBIs. Her batting average tied Frederick for eighth-best in the league, while she was also tied for fifth with six doubles and led the SLC with six sacrifice flies.
A native of Napoleonville, Gianelloni’s fielding prowess at shortstop played a key role in the Colonels’ top-ranked defense.
On the season, she finished with a .331 batting average, nine doubles, four triples, three home runs and 30 RBIs.
Gianelloni also stole seven bases and scored 32 runs.
A sophomore from Pierre Part and a Central Catholic alum, Landry was named Third Team after going 7-3 in conference with a 2.56 ERA and a league-high six saves. She finished the conference season fourth in strikeouts with 72 and had the sixth-best opponent batting average at .217.
An honorable mention selection as a freshman, Landry posted a 14-7 record this season with a 2.53 ERA and was third in strikeouts (141). Her six saves put her tied for second in NCAA.