Honors continue rolling in for Schmidt

A day after being named the USA Softball National Player of the Week, All-American Kristin Schmidt was named the NFCA/USA Today National Player of the Week as the LSU softball team moved up nine spots to No. 3 in the national rankings.

Schmidt becomes just the third player to sweep the National Player of the Week honors, joining former Texas All-American Cat Osterman, who is currently pitching for the United States Olympic Team, and Mississippi State All-American Iyhia McMichael.

The Houston, Texas, native posted wins over then-No. 3 and previously unbeaten California, then-No. 4 Washington, No. 6 Florida State, and Florida Atlantic, which is receiving votes in the poll while being named the Most Valuable Player of the NFCA Leadoff Classic.

In 28 innings of work, she struck out 30 batters, including double-figure strikeouts against Florida State and Florida Atlantic. With one out and LSU holding a one- run lead in the bottom of the sixth inning against the Seminoles, she recorded a strikeout and coaxed a ground out to end the inning and help preserve the Tigers' win. She also carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Washington and into the fourth inning against California.

The No. 3 national ranking ties the highest for the Tigers in school history and marks a return to the Top 10 for LSU for the first time since March 18, 2003. The Tigers have been ranked as high as No. 3 in five polls, most recently the May 8, 2002 poll. The nine-spot jump is also the largest in the program's history, surpassing the three-spot jump from No. 19 to No. 16 between March 4 and March 11, 1998.

LSU has now been ranked in the NFCA/USA Today poll for 84 consecutive weeks dating back to Feb. 28, 1998. In all, the Tigers have been ranked in 86 of the 98 polls that have been released since the poll was reinstated in 1997. LSU has also spent 55 weeks in the Top 10.

NFCA/USA Today Poll
No. School Record Pts.
1. UCLA (24) 16-0 624
2. Arizona (1) 21-0 601
3. LSU 18-3 552
4. California 17-2 509
5. Oklahoma 15-4-1 483
6. Florida State 17-2 477
7. Washington 13-5 476
8. Georgia 12-4 450
9. Alabama 15-3 436
10. Stanford 13-5 407
11. Michigan 12-5 393
12. UL-Lafayette 20-2 368
13. Tennessee 18-4 299
14. Oregon 13-4 246
T-15. South Carolina 11-2 221
T-15. Fresno State 8-4 221
17. Nebraska 8-7 180
18. Pacific 14-2 162
19. Texas 11-9 148
20. Arizona State 18-9 133
21. Iowa 6-3 116
22. South Florida 16-5 96
23. Florida 17-2 76
24. Georgia Tech 15-3 75
25. Oregon State 15-6 70


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