Featuring a core of 13 letterwinners and a veteran coach with more than 600 wins, combined with 10 fresh faces on the field and a pair of assistant coaches who reigned during their respective collegiate careers, the LMU softball team is primed to kick off the 2013 season.
Katie Schroeder, a two-time All-American and 2012 graduate of UCLA, has joined the LMU softball coaching staff, Head Coach Gary Ferrin announced Monday.
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Schroeder was a four-year starting outfielder for the perennial power Bruins. A Pac-10 honorable mention and All-Pac-10 Freshman Team selection her rookie year, she had a breakout sophomore season in 2009, leading the Bruins in batting average (.402), home runs (14), runs scored (55), slugging (.684), on base percentage (.516), total bases (119), walks (33) and stolen bases (19) on her way to earning first team All-American and All-West Region honors by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, as well as being named to the first team All-Pac-10.
She received a medical redshirt in 2010 after being sidelined by a leg injury seven games into the season. Schroeder bounced back as a redshirt junior in 2011, earning All-Pac-10 honorable mention team, leading the Bruins in runs scored (44), tying for second in doubles (12) and tying for fourth in batting average (.324). In 2012, she hit a career-best .407 along with team highs in runs scored (59), doubles (14), on-base percentage (.514) and stolen bases (17). She earned first team All-West Region and second team All-American honors.
The Bruins advanced into the NCAA Tournament all five seasons Schroeder was a member of the squad, including clinching the program's 11th NCAA Championship and 12 National Title in 2010.
The Yorba Linda, Calif., native helped the USA Softball Junior Women's National Team to gold at the 2007 ISF Junior Women's World Championships and was a member of the U.S. Team that won gold at the 2009 Pan American Games Qualifier, but did not play due to a leg injury.
Schroeder was drafted sixth overall by the Chicago Bandits in the 2012 National Pro Fastpitch draft, but opted not to play, instead spending the summer working in strength and conditioning for Athletes' Performance.
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