Sneed, Peel and Girouard picked All-SEC Softball

As the third-ranked Tiger softball team heads into the Southeastern Conference Tournament, Britni Sneed and Trena Peel were named the SEC Pitcher and Athlete of the Year, respectively, while head coach Yvette Girouard was selected one of the Tri-Coaches of the Year, as announced by the league office on Tuesday.

Along with Sneed and Peel, first baseman Christy Connor was named to the All-SEC First Team. Pitcher Kristin Schmidt, second baseman April Janzen and outfielder Erin Johnson also garnered second-team All-SEC honors for the Tigers.
 
Top-seeded LSU (49-9) next travels to Chattanooga, Tenn., to begin play in the SEC Tournament on Thursday at 7 p.m. CT against eighth-seeded Florida (32-33). The Tigers swept the Gators to open conference play in March, as Florida scored only one run in three games.
 
LSU has won 29 of its last 31 games, including a doubleheader sweep of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to conclude the regular season. Florida was swept by Mississippi State to close out the season, dropping the Gators from the sixth seed to the eight seed in the final weekend.
 
Girouard, in her second year at helm at LSU, earned her second consecutive Coach of the Year accolade after the Tigers claimed their sixth-straight Western Division and fourth-straight SEC Championship. Reaching the 100-win mark at LSU in record pace this season, she guided the Tigers to their highest national ranking, currently No. 3 in the NFCA/USA Today poll.
 
Sneed is a four-time All-SEC honoree and the lone unanimous choice on the team. The Houston native is one of 10 finalists for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. She has thrown six no-hitters as part of her school-record 21 shutouts on the year.
 
The fireballer currently ranks second in the NCAA in strikeouts per seven innings and is on pace to shatter her school and SEC single-season strikeout mark. She now ranks fifth on the NCAA career strikeout list.
 
Her ERA leads the league and ranks in the top 15 in the nation. She is in the top five in the NCAA in wins and now ranks in the top 10 in NCAA history in career victories.
 
Peel was among the league leaders in slugging percentage, batting average, total bases, hits, runs scored and stolen bases. One of 25 semifinalists for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, she leads the nation in triples per game after breaking both the LSU and SEC single-season records. She is now tied for fourth in NCAA history for triples in a single-season. For her career, she holds the LSU triples record, is second in triples in the SEC and 13th nationally.
 
The Aurora, Colo., native was named the NFCA Division I Player of the Week on March 27 after going 10-for-21 with four triples, a home run, four RBIs and eight runs scored on the week. She currently leads the team in batting average, hits, runs scored, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and stolen bases.
 
The SEC leader in doubles in league play, Connor is second in overall doubles and ranks 27th nationally in doubles per game. She leads the team in RBIs, doubles and home runs. She ranks second on the team in slugging percentage and is the second hardest player to strikeout.
 
The Katy, Texas, native hit .345 in the crucial month of April and, at one point in the season, had the third-best hitting streak of the season at eight games.
 
Along with Sneed, Schmidt is one of just seven pitchers to rank in the top 20 in ERA and strikeouts per seven innings in the NCAA. The Houston native has thrown a one-hitter and a two-hitter this season as part of her eight shutouts.
 
On seven occasions, she has struck out 10 or more batters and has allowed only three earned runs since March 19. Earlier this season, she was named to the NFCA Leadoff Classic and Tiger Classic All-Tournament Teams.
 
A fifth-year senior, Janzen ranks third in the league in fielding percentage by a second baseman. She is second on the team in stolen bases and fourth on the team in RBIs, runs scored and walks. She had four multiple-RBI games and four three-hit games on the year.
 
Coming on strong to close out the regular season, the Baton Rouge native led the team with a .625 average, including a double, three RBIs and nine runs scored last week. She also hit her first home run of the season in her final regular season at-bat at Tiger Park. She currently has a nine-game hitting streak.
 
Second on the team in batting average and doubles, Johnson also ranks third on the team in home runs, RBIs, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. She batted at a .368 clip over the last 24 games of the season with seven doubles, two home runs and 13 RBIs, including the fourth-best hitting streak on the team at seven games.
 
The Pascagoula, Miss., native recorded six multiple-RBI and 10 multiple-hit games on the year. Although her primary strength is her bat, the converted catcher did not commit an error in the field as an outfielder.
 
The All-SEC first and second teams consist of 12 positions: catcher (one), infielders (three), outfielders (four), pitchers (two), designated player/utility (one) and at-large (one).
 
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