Turner Named LSWA Softball Pitcher of the Week
BATON ROUGE — LSU sophomore pitcher Emily Turner was named the Louisiana Pitcher of the Week, earning the final honor of the season as chosen by the Louisiana Sports Writer’s Association.
With the pitching performance of her career, despite going 0-2 against No. 10 Tennessee, the Chula Vista, Calif., native allowed just three runs and nine hits with a walk and 17 strikeouts in 18 innings. Throwing a pair of complete nine-inning games, Turner held the nation’s third-best hitting team, entering the series at .333, to a .159 batting average.
In her first outing, she threw a no-hitter through seven innings, facing the minimum 21 batters in regulation, before giving up the lone run of the game in the top of the ninth on a squeeze bunt. In the third game of the series, she allowed just one hit through seven innings before giving up two runs and three hits in the top of the ninth.
This is the third LSWA Louisiana Pitcher of the Week honor for Turner. She was previously named the Pitcher of the week on March 9 and April 19. She was also named the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week on April 18.
The Tigers return to action in the SEC Tournament in Gainesville, Fla., this weekend. LSU will face off with SEC regular season champion Georgia in the first round at 6:30 p.m. (CT) on Thursday, in a rematch of the tournament championship game last season that the Tigers won, 4-1. The four-day tournament will conclude with the title game on Sunday at 1 p.m. (CT) with the winner earning the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.