Roessner Among Three Added to All-Tiger Park Team
Roessner earned All-Tiger Park honors behind the plate, Castle was named to the All-Tiger Park team as the designated player and Hastings was a utility selection for the All-Tiger Park team.
The LSU softball team will announce 12 members of the All-Tiger Park team over the final four weeks of the home regular season. This is the third of the four selections. 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.
The current Tiger catcher, Roessner was the first LSU player to ever earn 2007 Diamond Sports National Catcher of the Year honors and the fourth Tiger to become a first-team All-America selection. The Manasquan, N.J., native is also tied for the second highest fielding percentage in LSU history. Over the course of five games beginning against Louisiana Tech on Feb. 25, 2007, and concluding against Washington on March 3, 2007, Roessner recorded the third most hits in consecutive at-bats in NCAA history with 10 hits in 10 consecutive at-bats.
A three-year letterwinner after transferring from UL-Lafayette, Castle earned Easton All-America honors in 2004, 2005, and 2006. A two-time NFCA All-South Region selection, the Lafayette native led the Tigers in walks as a senior with the second most in school history and only one shy of the school record. She concluded her career ranked in the top 10 in LSU history in batting average, on base percentage, walks, hits, triples and run scored.
A four-year letterwinner, Hastings earned first-team All-America honors at second base as a junior and was a three-time first-team All-SEC selection in the infield and as a utility player. In the SEC Tournament, the Houston native was an all-tournament selection at second base in 2000 and at shortstop in 2001. Having played at several positions throughout her career, she had one of the top five fielding percentage in SEC history at catcher, second base and at shortstop.
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.