BATON ROUGE – LSU softball head coach Beth Torina announced Friday the addition of transfers Michaela Schlattman and Rebecca Schulte to the team for the 2018 season.
“I am excited about the addition of Becca and Michaela to our program,” head coach Beth Torina said. “Both will bring a lot of experience and compete for a spot in our lineup. Becca comes from a program with experience on a big stage after winning back-to-back national championships. Michaela is a veteran who can really step into any spot on field. They both will bring a lot to our team, and I can’t wait to get them on campus in the purple and gold.”
One of the top junior college players in the nation, Schulte rewrote Butler Community College’s history book during her time in El Dorado, Kansas. Schulte finished her career as the Grizzlies’ all-time leader in home runs (42), RBI (181)and runs scored (157). She also finished second all-time in hits (165), third in triples (7) and fourth in batting average (.435).
Schulte was a part of two-straight NJCAA national championships and an 88-game winning streak, which is believed to be the longest streak in collegiate softball history. In two seasons, Schulte earned multiple honors, including being named the Most Valuable Player of the NJCAA Division I National Tournament, a two-time All-Jayhawk Conference first-team selection and NJCAA All-American.
Schlattman will join the Tigers after two seasons at the University of Miami at Ohio where she was the team’s primary shortstop. A native of Plainfield, Illinois, Schlattman started in 110 of the Redhawks’ 111 games over the 2016 and 2017 season.
Schlattman was one of the top hitters for Miami of Ohio and hit over .320 both seasons and also tied the school record for home runs in a season. She was selected to the First-Team All-MAC her freshman season after leading the Redhawks to the MAC Tournament Championship. In her final season, Schlattman was named to the Third Team All-Mideast Region by the NFCA.
Schlattman and Schulte will join four newcomers for the 25th season in LSU softball history. Torina has guided LSU to four appearances in the Women’s College World Series and three straight in six seasons in Baton Rouge.
LSU is set to return five of eight position players for next season. Carley Hoover and Allie Walljasper lead the Tigers’ returning pitchers with a combined 324 innings in 2017. Center fielder Emily Griggs is LSU’s leading returning hitter at .317 with 27 RBI in 2017.
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Source- LSU Athletics Media Dept.