Nine Tigers Named to All-Louisiana Softball Team
BATON ROUGE — All-American LaDonia Hughes was named the Louisiana Hitter of the Year as nine Tigers were named to the All-Louisiana first and second teams, as announced by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association on Sunday.
In addition to earning Hitter of the Year honors, Hughes was selected to the first team along with pitcher Kristin Schmidt, first baseman Stephanie Hill, shortstop Lauren Delahoussaye, third baseman Julie Wiese, outfielder Leslie Klein and designated player Lauren Castle. Named to the second team were catcher Leigh Ann Danos and outfielder Camille Harris.
Hughes becomes the first player in LSU history to be named Hitter of the Year since the award was established. The previous honor, Player of the Year, was split into Hitter of the Year and Pitcher of the Year in 2002. Four Tigers had earned the Player of the Year Award between 1997 and 2001.
The 2003 Louisiana Newcomer of the Year and second-team All-Louisiana selection, Hughes was a unanimous selection to the first team this year. A second-team All-American, she also named to the All-South Region and All-Southeastern Conference first team.
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 and has recorded the fourth-most single-season multiple-hit games in LSU history. In addition, she has recorded the fifth-most single-season hits in school history.
A three-time All-American, Schmidt earned the third All-Louisiana honor of her career. In addition, she was a second-team All-South Region and first-team All-SEC selection this season. The NCAA Region 3 Tournament and SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player, Schmidt was a top 25 finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year.
Earlier this season, she became the 14the player in NCAA history to record 1,000 career strikeouts and 100 career victories. She became the 24th player to break 1,000career strikeouts and is currently ranked 14th. The 35th player to reach 100 career wins, she is currently tied for 12th.
A second-team All-South Region selection, Hill was a unanimous first-team selection, the first All-Louisiana of her career. Earlier this season she earned the first Louisiana Hitter of the Week honors of the year on March 2. The 2004 Purple & Gold Challenge Most Valuable Player, she was also named to the prestigious NFCA Leadoff Classic All-Tournament team.
The sophomore walk-on ranks in the top 10 in the SEC in batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, hits, RBIs, home runs, total bases and double plays turned. The LSU single-season record holder for home runs, she tied the single-game home run record with two against Nicholls State. She also tied the single-game RBI record against Nicholls and ranks in the top 30 in the nation this season in RBIs per game.
Lauren Delahoussaye was also a unanimous selection to the All-Louisiana team, the first of her career. Earlier this year, she was named the Louisiana Hitter of the Week on March 30. In addition, she earned first-team All-South Region and second-team All-SEC honors this season.
The sophomore ranks in the top 10 in the SEC in runs scored, RBIs, home runs, total bases, sacrifice flies and double plays turned. This season she has recorded 16 multiple-hit and 11 multiple-RBI games, including three, three-RBI games. In a crucial three-game series at top 10-ranked Alabama, she recorded a pair of home runs and was intentionally walked twice.
A 2003 second-team All-Louisiana selection, Wiese earned the first, first-team All-Louisiana honor of her career. In addition, she was a second-team All-SEC honoree and was named to the 2004 Tiger Classic and Purple & Gold Challenge All-Tournament teams.
The senior ranks in the top 10 in the SEC in walks and assists and is fifth in fielding percentage by a third baseman. The LSU career record holder in home runs and walks, Wiese ranks in the top 10 in SEC history in both categories. Against Texas-San Antonio this season, she tied the school record for single-game home runs, while recording a career-best six RBIs. A third-team All-American, Klein was also named 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.
A first-team All-South Region and second-team All-SEC selection, Castle earned the first All-Louisiana honor of her career. Earlier this season, she was named the LSWA Hitter of the Week on April 2. In addition, she was named to the NCAA Region 3 All-Tournament team and NFCA Leadoff Classic All-Tournament teams.
This season, Castle leads the team in batting average and ranks in the top 10 in the SEC. She also ranks in the top 10 in the league in on base percentage, runs scored and hits. Against nationally ranked South Carolina, she hit a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning and also knocked in the game-winning runs in a win over nationally ranked Florida.
A first-team All-Louisiana selection as a utility player in 2002, Danos earned second-team honors this season behind the plate. Earlier this season, she also earned Louisiana Hitter of the Week honors on March 9. In addition, she was a second-team All-SEC selection.
Danos leads the team and ranks in the top 10 in the SEC in on base percentage. She has also stepped up her effort defensively, having caught 13 players attempting to steal and picked off three. Against nationally ranked Tennessee, she knocked in the game-winning run on the road.
A first-team All-Louisiana selection last season, Harris earned second-team honors this year. Earlier this season she was named the Louisiana Hitter of the Week on April 27. In addition she earned NCAA Region 3 All-Tournament team honors in helping the Tigers advance to the Women’s College World Series.
Ranked in the top 10 in the SEC in triples, walks and stolen bases, Harris hits LSU’s only grand slam of the season in a run-rule victory over nationally ranked Auburn that clinched the SEC Western Division title for the Tigers. She also ranks in the top 10 in single-season stolen bases in school history.
LSU led the way with seven of the 15 first-team All-Louisiana selections, including three of the four unanimous selections. The Tigers had an All-Louisiana best nine selections, followed by UL-Lafayette with six and Centenary and Louisiana College with three each.
2004 LSWA All-Louisiana Softball Team
Pos Name School Class Hometown
C Karin Smith Southeastern Louisiana Jr. Puyallup, Wash.
1B Stephanie Hill LSU So. Harahan, La.
2B Jordan Lansdale Centenary Sr. Gloster, La.
SS Lauren Delahoussaye LSU So. Lafayette, La.
3B Bridget Broadnax Louisiana Tech So. DeSoto, Texas
Julie Wiese LSU Sr. Baton Rouge, La.
OF LaDonia Hughes LSU Sr. Farmville, Va.
OF Leslie Klein LSU Fr. Sunrise, Fla.
OF Micah Rhodes Centenary Fr. Grapevine, Texas
Amber Miles Louisiana Tech Jr. DeSoto, Texas
DP Lauren Castle LSU So. Lafayette, La.
UT Holly Tankersley UL-Lafayette Fr. Kirbyville, Texas
P Brooke Mitchell UL-Lafayette Jr. Pasadena, Texas
P Kristin Schmidt LSU Sr. Houston, Texas
P Aimee Ford Northwestern State Fr. Katy, Texas
Pos Name School Class Hometown
C Leigh Ann Danos LSU Jr. Lafayette, La.
1B Lacey Bertucci UL-Lafayette Fr. Folsom, La.
2B Trista Helverson Louisiana College Jr. Pineville, La.
SS Tiffany Hebert UL-Lafayette Jr. Breaux Bridge, La.
3B Danyele Gomez UL-Lafayette So. Metairie, La.
OF Brittany Stanley Louisiana Tech Jr. Sulphur, La.
OF Camille Harris LSU So. Hendersonville, Tenn.
OF Lindsey Danzy Northwestern State Sr. Dry Prong, La.
DP Ashley Evans UL-Lafayette So. West Monroe, La.
UT Katherine Horton Louisiana College Fr. Lafayette, La.
P Cheyenne Daries Centenary Sr. Salinas, California
P Sandi Clark Louisiana College So. Hineston, La.
P Summer Delaneuville Southeastern Louisiana So. LaPlace, La.
Hitter of the Year: LaDonia Hughes, LSU
Pitcher of the Year: Brooke Mitchell, UL-Lafayette
Freshman of the Year: Holly Tankersley
Newcomer of the Year: Summer Delaneuville (unanimous)
Coach of the Year: Stefini Lotief, UL-Lafayette