Schmidt named to all-American team

LSU junior pitcher Kristin Schmidt was honored as a third-team All-America selection by Louisville Slugger and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Wednesday night at a banquet prior to the start of the Women's College World Series.

The Houston native was eligible for All-America honors after being named to the All-South Region first team. A second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection, the hurler was also voted the SEC Tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

The honor marks the second time in her career that Schmidt has garnered All-America honors. As a freshman at Notre Dame in 2001, she was named to the All-America second team after being selected a first-team All-Midwest Region member. A year ago, Schmidt earned second-team All-South Region and All-SEC honors.


The SEC Pitcher of the Week on March 10 and a four-time Louisiana Sports Writer's Association Pitcher of the Week selection, she proved to be one of the most durable pitchers in LSU history. She set school records this season for most appearances (53), games started (45), complete games (39) and innings pitched (306.1).


With a 34-15 records, she ranks second in single-season victories in school history and is one of just two pitchers to record 30 wins in a season. She threw three complete-game no-hitters this season and combined to throw a fourth against Cal Poly as part of her 15 complete-game shutouts. Against Ole Miss, she recorded a career-high 17 strikeouts, tying her for the second-most in LSU history, on her way to 345 K's on the year.


She currently leads the SEC in innings pitched and strikeouts looking and is tied for first in games started. In addition, Schmidt ranks second in the league in wins, strikeouts and appearances, while coming in third in earned run average and opponents batting average.


Schmidt is the seventh player in LSU history to earn All-America honors, joining Tara Asbill, Stephanie Hastings, Jodi Otten, Trena Peel, two-time All-American Ashlee Ducote and three-time All-American Britni Sneed. The Tigers have now had at least one player receive All-America honors in each of the last six seasons.


Louisville Slugger and the NFCA name more than 300 first-, second- and third-team All-Americans in NCAA Divisions I, II and III as well as in NAIA, NJCAA, California Community College, Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges and high school each year.

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