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LeJune, Walker Earn National and Conference Awards

Leslie LeJune earned her second consecutive spot on the All-Academic team.

May 8, 2012

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Senior Leslie LeJune was named to the Conference USA All-Academic team for the second consecutive year, while freshman Caroline Walker was named the C-USA Freshman of the year by, as well as All-Conference second team honors, in releases from the respective organizations on Tuesday.

LeJune, the Golden Eagles' starting centerfielder, has started 161 consecutive games, dating back to her freshman season. She was an Academic All-American and C-USA All-Academic team member in 2011, as well as a C-USA Second Team member. LeJune leads the Golden Eagles this season in at-bats (156), hits (43) and ties for first on the team with seven doubles. The Houston, Texas, native is second on the team in batting average (.276), RBI (19) and slugging percentage (.365).

Walker, a freshman from Woodville, Miss., has led the team at the plate the majority of the season and was named the C-USA Freshman of the Year by The starting shortstop has posted team-best marks for batting average (.328), slugging percentage (.448) and on-base percentage (.403) this season.

"These are great accolades for Caroline and Leslie, and as a coaching staff, we could not be more proud of their accomplishments on an off the field this season," said co-head coach Kirsten Voak. "They have been consistent leaders for our team this season and the entire program congratulates them for these awards."

The publication named Tulsa head coach John Bargfeldt as the Coach of the Year, UTEP's Camilla Carrera the Field Player of the Year and UCF's Mackenzie Audas the Pitcher of the Year.

For the full listing of the 2012 College Sports Madness All-Conference USA Team, click here.

The Golden Eagles will head to Birmingham this week for the Conference USA Softball Championship, hosted by UAB, and will open play on Thursday against regular season champion Tulsa at 11 a.m.

Conference USA All-Academic Team

Jill Jelnick East Carolina So. 4.00 English Education
  **Jennifer Klinkert Houston Sr. 3.84 Nutrition
*Rebecca Gamby Marshall Sr. 3.72 Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Jessica Hughes Marshall Sr. 4.00 Accounting
* Leslie LeJune Southern Miss Sr. 3.67 Kinesiotherapy
Jill Barrett Tulsa So. 3.64 Exercise/Sports Science; Education
Cassidy Bowen Tulsa Jr. 3.62 Marketing
Catherine Crawford UAB Sr. 3.89 Psychology/Sociology
**Mandy Lowman UAB Sr. 3.76 Mathematics/Secondary Education
**Natalie Land UCF Sr. 3.70 Athletic Training
Chelsea Troupe UTEP Sr. 3.43 Education


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