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Christi Orgeron

School

Louisiana

Position
Outfielder
Major
General Studies
AVG
.388
R
61
H
59
FLD%
1.000
RBI
86

Classroom

Orgeron is a general studies major with a concentration in natural sciences. She was named to the Sun Belt Academic Honor Roll in 2009 and 2010, and the Sun Belt Commissioner List in 2008 and 2011. Orgeron’s personal favorite award she has received was being honored as an All-American Scholar Athlete in 2008 and 2011. She has earned six straight terms of a GPA of 4.0 and holds an overall grade point average of 3.52. Her success in the classroom has honored her as a member of the Dean’s List (Fall ’07, Spring ’08, Spring ’10, and Fall ’11), President’s List (Fall ’10 and Spring ’11), and PACE Club (Fall ’07, Spring ’08, Fall ’08, Spring ’09, Spring ’10, Fall ’10, Spring ’11, and Fall ’11). In the future, Orgeron would like to be a college softball coach in an effort to teach the next generation of kids to not only compete on the field but also in life. She would also like to continue to stay involved doing sports ministry within athletic universities, and travel oversees participating in international sports ministry trips.

Character

Orgeron has demonstrated her leadership and work ethic on the field throughout her career as a Ragin’ Cajun. The New Orleans native was not a highly touted prospect out of high school and the only other NCAA Division I school recruiting her was Louisiana Tech. She has overcome adversity starting her college career as a redshirt her freshman year to becoming the fourth player in NCAA history to record 100 RBI in 2011. Playing with a torn ligament in her left wrist for the entire season, Orgeron earned the dubious Triple Crown award in the Sun Belt, batting .414, while hitting 23 home runs and driving in 101 runs. She continued to play with the injury as she competed with the USA national softball team last summer in route to a gold medal. Orgeron takes pride in doing things the right way. “I like to lead by example. I would never ask something from a teammate that I would not be willing to do myself. I make sure to show up to the field everyday with the right mindset and attitude” said Orgeron. Co-Head Coach Michael Lotief stated “She’s the hardest worker on the team with her going from a redshirt to an All-American that says it all.”

Community

Orgeron is heavily involved with her church, being a member of Our Saviors Church youth ministry team that works with high school kids. She is a member of Competitive Edge International, an organization, in which she traveled to Southeast Asia doing mission work and playing softball against provincial teams, creating relationships with players and sharing ministry amongst them. Orgeron also worked two faith based softball camps in Virginia last summer sharing testimonies with kids, and volunteered at Maison De Lafayette nursing home last Fall and Spring. She has participated in the reading and read program at UL and was a member of the Habitat for Humanity in 2010 through East Bayou Baptist Church. She, along with her Team USA teammates, spent time visiting and playing with kids at the Oklahoma City children’s hospital, last summer during the Pan Am games. Orgeron has also volunteered for the Girl Scouts and Special Olympics.

Competition

As a fifth year senior, Orgeron has assisted the Cajuns to four straight regular season and tournament conference championships (2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011), two Regional championships (2008, 2010), one Super Regional championship (2008), and an NCAA World Series appearance (2008). She was the Cajuns most valuable player offensively in 2011 leading the Sun Belt in all Triple Crown categories, batting .414 with 23 home runs, and a UL single-season record of 101 RBI. Orgeron also led the SBC in slugging percentage (.886), and recorded the second most hits (87) and total bases (186) in Ragin’ Cajuns single season history. She was named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA First Team All-Region last season, while earning Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and Sun Belt Tournament Most Outstanding Player in 2011. She was recognized as a USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 10 Finalist last year. Orgeron was also named to the All-American Third Team in 2011 and helped team USA to a gold medal in the Pan-American Games in October. Other notable awards she has garnered are Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year (2009), First Team All-Region (2009), First Team All-Louisiana (2009, 2011), Sun Belt Tournament Most Outstanding Player (2009).