Castle, Hill garner All-America honors

A pair of LSU softball players earned 2005 Easton All-America honors, as selected by Easton Sports, it was announced on Wednesday.

Junior Lauren Castle was an at-large selection to the second team, while junior Stephanie Hill earned third-team honors at first base. It marked the second Easton All-America honor for Castle, who was a third-team selection last year.

A first-team All-South Region and All-Louisiana selection already this season, Castle tied for the team lead in batting average and led the Tigers in hits. The designated player ranked sixth in the SEC in doubles and tied for the team lead with 19 multiple-hit games and six multiple-RBI games. The Lafayette native broke the LSU single-game record with a 5-for-5 performance against Mississippi State.

For the season, she hit .367 with 62 hits, 26 runs, 14 doubles, two triples, one home run and 25 RBIs. She recorded the second-best overall hitting streak on the team at eight games. Against Mississippi State and Ohio, she tied the LSU single-game record with four runs scored.

A member of the SEC All-Tournament team and a second-team All-Louisiana selection already this year, Hill recorded a .367 average with 62 hits, 26 runs, 12 doubles, seven home runs and 33 RBIs on the season. The Harahan native tied for the team lead in batting average and ranked fourth in the SEC in doubles in league games.

For the season, she recorded 19 multiple-hit games and six multiple-RBI games and had the second-best fielding percentage by a first baseman in =the SEC. Against Kentucky, Arkansas and No. 16 Florida, she knocked in the game-winning runs.

In all, 45 players were named to the 2005 East All-America first, second and third teams from NCAA Division I, II and III schools, NAIA schools and junior colleges.

Easton 2005 All-America Teams

First Team

Name Position School
Cat Osterman P Texas
Brianne McGowan P Oregon State
Jamie Southern P Fresno State
Ashley Courteny C Alabama
KJ Kelley C Massachusetts
Amber Jackson SS Bethune-Cookman
Kim Wendland 1B Georgia
Caitlin Benyi 2B UCLA
Vicky Galindo 3B California
Melanie Dorsey OF Creighton
Kaleo Eldredge OF California
Lindsay James OF California
Kristina Thorson At-Large California
Anjelica Selden At-Large UCLA
Stephanie VanBrakle At-Large Alabama

Second Team

Name Position School
Michelle Green P Georgia
Jessica Sallinger P Georgia Tech
Sonja Garnett P San Francisco State
Jessica Ortega C Mt. San Antonio
Lauren Watson-Perry C BYU
Christina Clark SS Fresno State
Ianeta Le'I 1B BYU
Kate Stake 2B Illinois State
Andrea Thomas 3B Bethune-Cookman
Liz Perez OF West Valley College
Michelle Palazuelo OF Mt. San Antonio College
Traci Trujillo OF Pasadena City College
Heather Slettvett At-Large Mt. San Antonio College
Danni Hall At-Large Golden West College
Lauren Castle At-Large LSU

Third Team

Name Position School
Kelly Anderson P California
Krystina Gomez P Sacramento City College
Tammy Nielsen P Creighton
Nichole Willis C Fresno State
Emily Zaplatosch C UCLA
Jaci Ecker SS Sacramento City College
Stephanie Hill 1B LSU
Chez Sievers 2B Texas
Andrea Duran 3B UCLA
Amy Hosier OF Georgia Tech
Tara Harbert OF Hawai'i
Liz Sequeira OF Long Beach City College
Missy Cross At-Large Ohlone
Gina Rango At-Large Bowling Green
Stephanie Roberts At-Large Colorado State

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