May 28, 2014 4:13 PM by KATC
LSU Eunice softball freshman Raven Cole has been named the NJCAA Division II National Pitcher of the Year after helping the Lady Bengals to their third national championship in program history in her first season on campus.
She becomes the first national pitcher or national player of the year in the softball program's nine-year history, and the fourth player named either a national player or national pitcher of the year overall in the history of the LSU Eunice Athletics.
Last week, Cole was named as a NJCAA All-American, earning her spot on the listing as a pitcher on the first team.
Cole collected 27 wins inside the circle in her freshman campaign, the fifth-most in the country this year, while striking out 217 batters to set a LSU Eunice program records and tally the third-most in the nation in that category.
She pitched 166.2 innings in 2014 while finishing with a 1.09 ERA, the eighth-best in the country.
At the plate, she collected five doubles and 10 home runs while driving in 73 RBIs to finish with a .319 batting average, a .438 on-base percentage and a .613 slugging percentage.