LSU Softball Report - April 11

by Matt Dunaway
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LSU Softball Report - April 11

Overall Record: 25-12 [8-6 SEC]

Last Week: 4-0
April 6 – Nicholls State [W, 8-0]
April 8 – No. 1 Alabama [W, 2-1]
April 9 – No. 1 Alabama [W, 3-1]
April 10 – No. 1 Alabama [W, 2-0]

This Week:
April 13 – at McNeese State [6 p.m.]
April 15 – No. 9 Tennessee [6 p.m.]
April 16 – No. 9 Tennessee [11 a.m.]
April 17 – No. 9 Tennessee [1 p.m.]

Nominee for Player of the Week

Anissa Young, 1B/3B, Jr., Fontana, Calif.
Young had a weekend to remember as LSU swept No. 1 Alabama. It marked the first time since 2004, a run of 57 series when LSU also accomplished the feat, that the Crimson Tide lost all three games of a weekend series. In the longest game in LSU program history, Young cranked a solo walkoff blast in the 14th inning to claim the series opener. Friday’s long ball made Young the 29th player in program history to collect 100 career hits. Her encore performance during game two of the series was just as dramatic. She belted a two-run shot in the 10th inning off three-time All-American and reigning SEC Pitcher of the Year Kelsi Dunne to extend her hitting streak to a career-long eight games.    

AB  R  H  BB  AVG.  RBI  2B  3B  HR  SB/SBA
11  3  4  1  .364  5  1  0  2  0/0

Nominee for Pitcher of the Week

Brittany Mack, P, Jr., Round Rock, Texas
Mack was a key component of LSU’s sweep of top-ranked Alabama. She went 2-0 with a stout 0.32 ERA and garnered 25 strikeouts in her 22 frames of action. The Round Rock, Texas, native earned two of the three wins in the circle over the Tide highlighted by a two-hit shutout with nine Ks during the series finale. At one point, Mack retired 14 consecutive batters and it marked only the second time on the season that the high-octane Alabama offense failed to score. During the series opener, Mack gutted out all 14 innings and racked up a career-high 14 strikeouts on an astounding 234 pitches. She stranded 16 Alabama base runners, 10 in scoring position.

GS  W  L  ShO  SV  IP  H  R  ER  ERA  BB  SO
2  2  0  1  0  22.0  10  1  1  0.32  11  25

Notes on the Tigers
LSU doubled its win total against Top 25 opponents with a weekend sweep of No. 1 Alabama. It marked the first time since 2004 that the Tigers have taken all three games of a weekend series versus the Crimson Tide. Anissa Young provided the extra innings heroics with a pair of walkoff home runs. During the series opener, Young started the 14th inning with a solo shot to end the longest game in program history. In the circle, Brittany Mack went all 14 frames and racked up a career-best 14 strikeouts. Young was back at it again and provided a two-run long ball during the 10th inning to win game two of the series. Rachele Fico went the distance and tallied 11 strikeouts for her second straight double digit Ks performance. LSU completed the sweep behind a two-hit gem and nine strikeouts from Mack. Heidi Pizer and Morgan Russell tallied RBIs during the fourth inning in support of Mack. The Tigers head to McNeese State on Wednesday before No. 9 Tennessee visits Tiger Park over the weekend. Saturday’s game will be televised on ESPN2 as part of the SEC on ESPN package.