Memphis Softball Incoming Freshman Named Louisiana Player of the Year
June 5, 2014
MEMPHIS – University of Memphis incoming freshman pitcher Katie Brignac has been named the 2013-14 Gatorade Louisiana Softball Player of the Year.
The award is presented by Gatorade in collaboration with USA Today High School Sports. The winners were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2014 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Brignac also becomes a finalist for the Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year Award, which will be announced in June.
“Katie has accomplished great honors throughout her high school career, and this one indicates what type of athlete she is everyday,” said Memphis softball head coach Natalie Poole. “You don’t receive this award by showing up only half of the time. She is a great pitcher as well as an offensive threat that we can’t wait to have in our program. She knows how to win and that is exactly what will make her successful at Memphis. We are going to do great things together. I am so proud of what she has accomplished.”
Brignac posted a 22-2 record in the circle with a 0.28 ERA this past season, leading John Curtis Christian (New Orleans, La.) to the Class 3A state championship. She struck out 294 batters and allowed 39 hits in 148.1 innings pitched, firing five no-hitters and holding opponents to a .080 batting average. At the plate, the 2014 New Orleans Advocate Female Athlete of the Year batted .490 with six home runs, 41 RBI and a .823 slugging percentage.
Brignac has maintained a 3.29 GPA and is a member of her school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter. She has volunteered locally as part of a literacy-outreach program and as a youth softball coach.
“Katie was dominating because of her velocity and the control of her rise ball,” said Ashlee Ducote, head coach of Parkview Baptist. “She’s been their leader for the last four years and a huge reason why they have been so successful.”
Brignac’s sister, Ashley Brignac, was also named the Gatorade Louisiana Softball Player of the Year in 2006. She went on to help lead Louisiana-Lafayette to four-straight NCAA Championship appearances as a pitcher from 2008-12.
Katie Brignac is one of five players who signed with the Tigers back in November. Also part of the signing class were Brooke Lee (infielder – St. Bernard, La.), Kyler Trosclair (outfielder – Houma, La.), Molly Smith (pitcher – Yamhill, Ore.) and Addison Maxwell (utility – Collierville, Tenn.).