Records are meant to preserve the past great accomplishments of a team or a special player...they’re also meant to be broken.
With 54 stolen bases and counting, Ragin’ Cajuns softball senior Keeli Milligan will now be remembered as the program’s single-season stolen base record holder.
The record was previously held by former player Dorsey Steamer who cemented the record in 1992 with 51 stolen bases in a single season. Steamer made an appearance on Friday to cheer on Milligan as she etched her name in the record books, saying she promised to be there to see Milligan do it.
“I promised her if she got close, especially at home, that I would be here,” Steamer said. “She was letting me know along the way how close she was and I kept my promise. Once a Cajun, always a Cajun. This is a sisterhood. You don’t always see someone doing something like this. I am proud to be a Cajun and I’m proud she’s a Cajun, so why not pass the baton?”
Milligan has been nothing short of fantastic in the stolen base category all season. She is one of the most important offensive players for the Ragin Cajuns. She has earned every spot in the lineup thus far this season, and has given the Ragin’ Cajuns a spark that they needed.
Head Coach Gerry Glasco wanted his team to know how special Milligan is and through a season where she has been moved up and down in the lineup, he said he has not forgotten how good she is and how she has earned everything to this point for the program.
“I knew she would because she’s that good, and I wanted the team to know she earned it,” Glasco said. “We are fortunate to have her.”
Milligan is currently 54-59 for stolen base attempts and shows no sign of stopping with a few more games left in the season and a goal to make an appearance in the College World Series.