The senior from Houston becomes the second straight honoree from the Southeastern Conference after she led LSU to a 6-0 mark and the championship of the 2004 Leadoff Classic.
Schmidt went 4-0 for the Tigers, and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. She threw four complete games, only giving up six earned runs while striking out 30 against Florida Atlantic, California, Washington and Florida State.
In the Tigers' 4-2 win over Florida Atlantic. Schmidt gave up just two hits and walked one while striking out 10. She followed up with a dominating performance against then-No. 3 California, where she tossed a one-hitter in a 6-1 LSU victory.
"We came out really fired up against Cal," said Schmidt. "That was a really big win for us, and I think that it carried us through the rest of the weekend."
Against then-No. 4 Washington, Schmidt gave up just two hits to the powerful Husky lineup. She struck out 10 and surrendered just one earned run in Sunday's championship game against Florida State.
"What a great honor this is for Kristin and our program," LSU head coach Yvette Girouard said. "She has done an incredible job in the three years that she has been at LSU. It was nice to see how competitive she was this week. She made the pitches she needed to make and her offense come through to back her up.
For the season, Schmit has posted a 10-2 record and a 1.81 ERA. LSU begins conference play this week, hosting Mississippi State and traveling to No. 13 Tennessee.