Three Tigers Named to NFCA All-America Teams

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Three Tigers Named to NFCA All-America Teams

OKLAHOMA CITY — The third-ranked LSU softball team placed three players on the 2004 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-America Teams, as announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Wednesday.

Seniors Kristin Schmidt and LaDonia Hughes were named to the All-America second team, while freshman Leslie Klein was selected as a third team honoree. With three All-America selections, the Tigers joined Florida State, Michigan and Stanford with three honorees, second to only California nationally with four selections.

An at-large selection on the second-team, Schmidt was a second-team All-South Region and first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection. In addition, she was named the NCAA Region 3 Tournament and SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player. She is now a three-time All-American after being named to the third team in 2003 and the second team in 2001.

The pitcher from Houston was a Top 25 finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. She became the 24th player in NCAA history to record 1,000 career strikeouts and the 35th player in NCAA history to record 100 career victories. She is one of just 14 players to have reached both milestones.

Hughes was named to the second team in the outfield. The Farmville, Va., native was also named to the All-South Region and All-SEC first teams. This is the first All-America honor of her Division I career after earning All-America honors at Lake City Community College as a sophomore.

Hughes ranks in the top 10 in the SEC in batting average, runs scored, hits, triples and stolen bases. This season she ranks fifth in single-season stolen bases in LSU history, while also ranking in the top 10 in single-season batting average. The Tiger record holder for consecutive games played without an error, Hughes leads the team with 24 multiple-hit games, fourth-most in LSU history.

Klein was named to the third team in the outfield after being a second-team All-South Region, first-team All-SEC and All-SEC Freshman team selection. In addition, she was a member of the SEC and NCAA Region 3 All-Tournament teams.

The Sunrise , Fla., native, ranks in the top 20 in the NCAA in RBIs per game this season and broke the LSU single-season home run record with her 13th round tripper of the year. In addition, she tied the school record with a 15-game hitting streak and tied the SEC single-game record with seven RBIs against Alcorn State.

This season marks the third time LSU has had multiple All-America selections. In 2000, the Tigers had four players selected to the All-America teams and in 2002, LSU had two Tigers named to the All-America teams. LSU has now had nine players earn 13 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America honors in the last seven seasons.

Fifty-four players were named to the 2004 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-America first, second and third teams. The awards were announced Wednesday in Oklahoma City. All three teams were selected by NFCA-member NCAA Division I coaching representatives, based on nominations from the 2004 season.

Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-America Teams

First Team
Pitcher Monica Abbott Tennessee
Pitcher Alicia Hollowell Arizona
Pitcher Dana Sorensen Stanford
Catcher Kristen Rivera Washington
First Base Kim Wendland Georgia
Second Base Caitlyn Benyi UCLA
Third Base Vicky Galindo California
Shortstop Christina Clark Fresno State
Outfield Nicole Barber Georgia
Outfield Caitlin Lowe Arizona
Outfield Iyhia McMichael Mississippi State
Designated Player Wendy Allen Arizona
Utility Jessica van der Linden Florida State
At-Large Gina Carbonatta Pacific
At-Large Autumn Champion Arizona
At-Large Brooke Mitchell UL-Lafayette
At-Large Heather Scaglione Oklahoma
At-Large Jamie Southern Fresno State

Second Team
Pitcher Keira Goerl UCLA
Pitcher Casey Hunter Florida State
Pitcher Kristin Thorson California
Catcher Jessica Allister Stanford
First Base Vanessa Iapala Oregon State
Second Base Veronica Wootson Florida State
Third Base Phelan Wright Arizona State
Shortstop Jessica Merchant MIchigan
Outfield Kaleo Eldredge California
Outfield LaDonia Hughes LSU
Outfield Kristen Zaleski Texas State
Designated Player Holly Groves South Florida
Utility Jessica Beech Michigan
At-Large Peaches James Nebraska
At-Large Lauren Lappin Stanford
At-Large Nicole Motycka Michigan
At-Large Kristin Schmidt LSU
At-Large Julie Watson Cal State Fullerton

Third Team
Pitcher Jessica Kapchinski Texas A&M
Pitcher Kristen Keyes Auburn
Pitcher Jessica Sallinger Georgia Tech
Catcher Sara Dean Auburn
First Base Saskia Roberson DePaul
Second Base Tiffany Haas Michigan
Third Base Sara Larquier Virginia
Shortstop Lauren May Cornell
Outfield Christen Bedwell Cal State Northridge
Outfield Megan Ciolli Notre Dame
Outfield Leslie Klein LSU
Designated Player Amanda Rivera Illinois-Chicago
Utility Sarah Martz DePaul
At-Large Leigh Ann Ellis South Florida
At-Large Dominique Lastrapes Washington
At-Large Jackie McClain Alabama
At-Large Megan Meyer Seton Hall
At-Large Chelsea Spencer California