Summer Ellyson is in the conversation as one of the nation’s elite pitchers. For the third consecutive week and sixth time this season, she has been awarded Community Coffee Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week.
But now the junior Ragin’ Cajun pitcher is gaining the attention on a national level as a top-26 finalist for Softball Collegiate Player of the year. And her current play in this season shows why.
Ellyson is the first Ragin’ Cajun to reach 30 wins with a record of (30-4, 1.09 ERA) since 2013 (Jordan Wallace), and is now tied for fourth place on the program’s single-season behind Ashley Brignac. Her season strike record is just as impressive, with a strikeout total of 282, she is now 18 strikeouts away from hitting the 300 mark which would be the first time in her career.
During the season, Ellyson has pitched countless strikeouts with this being arguably one of her best seasons as a pitcher. Louisiana Head Coach Gerry Glasco has nothing but praise for his star pitcher as he believes she’s very consistent in her play.
"Summer is always Summer; she comes out and gives us time to get the lead and get our offense going," Glasco said. "She's so steady on the mound and does it so seemingly effortlessly. I'm always impressed by her."
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun right-handed pitcher had a great start against Coastal Carolina March 27, as she pitched a no-hitter for the first three innings and kept CCU off the board after runners reached second and third with no outs in the fourth inning. Ellyson picked up seven more strikeouts to increase her series total to 19, combined with Louisiana pitcher Carrie Boswell, who pitched a scoreless fifth inning, for the Ragin' Cajuns’ 17th shutout of the season.
This effortless play over the last few starts last week, Ellyson averaged over two strikeouts per inning, tallying at least seven each time out, this effortless play has guided No. 8 Louisiana (42-4, 21-0 Sun Belt) season-best winning streak to 22 games and clinched the SBC regular season title.
Ellyson increased her nation-leading win total to 33. She now moves within two of second place (35 wins by Melissa Coronado in 2001).
For the fourth time, Summer Ellyson collected all three wins in a SBC series and she increased her personal win streak to 16. She pitched 16-1/3 innings in the weekend series and did not allow a single run to the Chanticleers, limited them to seven hits and struck out 24 this weekend.
The Ragin' Cajuns team total of SBC weekly awards for the 2019 season increased to 11. Ellyson's six selections mark the most by a Louisiana pitcher in a single season since 2011 (the program record is eight by Brooke Mitchell in 2004).
Summer continues to be top of the SBC with honors. Louisiana, which has received at least one SBC Player and Pitcher of the Week award since 2000, now owns 87 pitchers of the week awards in Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns program history.