All-Americans Comprise Softball's All-Tiger Park Infield

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All-Americans Comprise Softball's All-Tiger Park Infield

BATON ROUGE — In celebration of the final season of Tiger Park, Tara Asbill, Ashlee Ducote and Jodi Otten were named to the All-Tiger Park team for the infield.

Over the final four weeks of Tiger Park, the LSU softball team will announce 12 members of the All-Tiger Park team. Last week, the three members of the outfield ? LaDonia Hughes, Leslie Klein, and Trena Peel – were announced. The catcher, designated player and utility selection will be announced 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 four-year letterwinner from 1997-2000, Asbill was a third-team All-American in 2000 and LSU’s first academic All-American. The shortstop was also a three-time first-team All-SEC selection and a member of the 1998 NCAA Regional All-Tournament team and 1999 SEC All-Tournament team. The native of Elgin, S.C., still ranks in the top three in career runs scored, hits, home runs and RBIs in LSU history.

A four-year letterwinner from 1997-2000, Ducote was a two-time All-American, earning first-team honors both seasons. The 2000 SEC Player of the Year, the third baseman was also named the 1999 LSU Female Athlete of the Year. A three-time All-SEC selection, the native of Alexandria, La., still holds many of the Tiger career and single-season batting records, including batting average, slugging percentage and RBIs for a season and batting average for a career.

A two-year letterwinner from 1997-1998 after transferring from Central Arizona College, Otten was an All-America selection in 1998, LSU’s first All-America selection in school history. The former second baseman was also the 1998 Louisiana Player of the Year after being named the 1997 Louisiana Newcomer of the Year. The native of Mesa, Ariz., held the LSU triples record for four years and still ranks with the second most single-season triples in school history.

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.

#14 Tara Asbill

POSITION: Infield
EXPERIENCE: 3L (1997-2000)
HEIGHT: 5-7
BATS/THROWS: R/R
HOMETOWN: Elgin, S.C.
HIGH SCHOOL: Spring Valley HS

2000 NFCA Third-Team All-American
2000 NFCA Second-Team All-South Region
2000 First-Team All-SEC
2000 First-Team All-Louisiana
2000 CoSIDA Third-Team Academic All-American
2000 CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-District
2000 SEC Academic Honor Roll
1999 First-Team All-SEC
1999 SEC All-Tournament Team
1999 First-Team All-Louisiana
1999 CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-District
1999 SEC Academic Honor Roll
1998 NFCA Second-Team All-South Region
1998 First-Team All-SEC
1998 First-Team All-Louisiana
1998 NCAA Region 4 All-Tournament Team
1998 SEC Academic Honor Roll
1997 First-Team All-SEC
 
#10 Ashlee Ducote

POSITION: Infield
EXPERIENCE: 4L (1997-2000)
HEIGHT: 5-8
BATS/THROWS: R/R
HOMETOWN: Alexandria, La.
HIGH SCHOOL: Alexandria HS

2000 NFCA First-Team All-American
2000 SEC Player of the Year
2000 NFCA First-Team All-South Region
2000 First-Team All-SEC
2000 Louisiana Player of the Year
2000 First-Team All-Louisiana
2000 SEC Player of the Week (March 27)
1999 NFCA First-Team All-American
1999 NFCA First-Team All-South Region
1999 First-Team All-SEC
1999 LSU Female Athlete of the Year
1999 NCAA Region 5 All-Tournament Team
1999 First-Team All-Louisiana
1999 SEC Player of the Week (March 23)
1998 Second-Team All-Louisiana
1997 NFCA Second -Team All-South Region
1997 Second-Team All-SEC
1997 First-Team All-Louisiana

#44 Jodi Otten

POSITION: Infield
EXPERIENCE: 2L
HEIGHT: 5-6
BATS/THROWS: L/R
HOMETOWN: Mesa, Ariz.
HIGH SCHOOL: Mountain View High School
PREVIOUS SCHOOL: Central Arizona College

1998 NFCA Third-Team All-South Region
1998 First-Team All-SEC
1998 NCAA Region 4 All-Tournament Team
1998 SEC All-Tournament Team
1998 Louisiana Player of the Year
1998 First-Team All-Louisiana
1998 Drafted by the Carolina Diamond
1997 Louisiana Newcomer of the Year
1997 First-Team All-Louisiana