Three Outfielders Named to All-Tiger Park Team
The LSU softball team will announce 12 members of the All-Tiger Park team over the next four weeks, beginning with the three members of the outfield. The three members of the infield will be announced on Friday, April 11, followed by the catcher, designated player and utility selection on Friday, April 18. The final honorees, the three pitchers, will be announced on Friday, April 25, prior to the start of LSU’s final regular season home games in Tiger Park.
A two-year letterwinner from 2003-2004 after transferring from Lake City Community College, Hughes earned second-team All-America honors as a senior and was selected the Louisiana Hitter of the Year. The Farmville, Va., native, did not commit an error in two seasons and was the last LSU player to record an inside the park home run. Despite playing on two years, she ranked in the top 10 in Tiger career history in stolen bases, runs scored and doubles.
A four-year letterwinner from 2004-2007, Klein was a three-time NFCA All-America selection, one of only two players in LSU history to record three All-America honors. Making her mark on the Tiger record books, the Sunrise, Fla., native, broke the LSU single-season and career records for doubles, while also breaking the records for career slugging percentage, home runs, RBIs and total bases.
A four-year letterwinner from 1999-2002, Peel was named the SEC Athlete of the Year and a second-team NFCA All-American as a senior. Spending four years patrolling the LSU outfield, the Aurora, Colo., native, was a three-time All-SEC selection and a two-time NFCA All-South Region selection. In 2001, she participated with the USA National Red Team and was a 2002 semifinalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. As a senior, she led the nation in triples with an LSU and SEC record 14 triples.
In 11 years, Tiger Park has seen 11 All-Americans play and hosted four NCAA Regional tournaments. It stands as one of the toughest places in the nation for opponents to play. LSU has won almost 350 games and boasts an overall winning percentage of 87.8 percent, with an 81 percent winning clip in conference games. In 2001, the Tigers advanced through the NCAA Regional tournament at Tiger Park to their first berth in the Women’s College World Series.
Last season, the Tigers averaged a school-record attendance of 824 in 21 dates at Tiger Park, including a school record 2,326 which turned out to see LSU knock off No. 1 Tennessee. This season, the Tigers are 22-1 at home, with the lone loss coming to Penn State, and LSU has won 83 of its last 91 home games.
LSU broke ground on the New Tiger Park on Oct. 9, 2007, which is expected to be completed in time for the Tigers to play their first game in the new facility in the spring of 2009. The new stadium will feature 1,289 seats? including 587 chair-back seats? and the capability of accommodating 1,200 more fans on an outfield berm.
The softball stadium will also feature first-class team facilities, including a locker room, team lounge, meeting facility, training facility, equipment room, indoor batting cages and umpire locker rooms. The New Tiger Park will be located on Skip Bertman Drive, across from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and adjacent to the LSU Women’s Soccer Complex.