LSU Softball Report - Feb. 17

by Clyde Verdin
LSU Softball Report - Feb. 17

Overall Record: 10-0 [0-0 SEC]
NFCA/ Ranking: 14/15

Last Week: 5-0
Feb. 13 – Hofstra [W, 3-0]
Feb. 13 – Central Arkansas [W, 8-0 (6 innings)]
Feb. 14 – No. 20 Notre Dame [W, 3-2]
Feb. 14 – Hofstra [W, 8-0 (5 innings)]
Feb. 15 – No. 20 Notre Dame [W, 7-1]

This Week:
Feb. 17 – Louisiana Tech [Tiger Park, 5 p.m.; SEC Network+ –;]
Feb. 19 – San Diego State [Palm Springs, Calif., 8 p.m.;]
Feb. 19 – Cal State Fullerton [Palm Springs, Calif., 10 p.m.;]
Feb. 20 – No. 13 Arizona [Palm Springs, Calif., 5:30 p.m.;]
Feb. 21 – Nebraska [Palm Springs, Calif., 12 p.m.;]
Feb. 21 – Northwestern [Palm Springs, Calif., 7 p.m.;]

Nominee for SEC Offensive Player of the Week (2/16)

Bianka Bell, Jr., Tampa, Florida
LSU junior infielder Bianka Bell continued her torrid start to the season at the plate, hitting .471 with a weekend team-leading eight hits to help LSU earn a 10-0 start to the season. Bell, who is currently on an eight-game hitting streak, hit two more home runs as she inches closer to becoming the all-time home run leader in LSU history as she is now two away from tying and three away from breaking the mark. She earned multiple hits in two of the five games, while driving in six and scoring six times. Bell did not strike out over the weekend, and has done so just once this season.


Nominee for SEC Pitcher and Freshman of the Week (2/16)

Allie Walljasper, Fr., Manteca, California
LSU freshman pitcher Allie Walljasper earned two complete game wins and was credited with her first collegiate save in helping the team to its 10-0 start with a clean sweep of opponents at the Tiger Invitational over the weekend. In 16 total innings Walljasper allowed just one run after nine innings of shutout work in the first two appearances, while walking none and striking out 10, holding an opponent batting average of .172 against Hofstra and No. 20 Notre Dame. She tossed her second consecutive shutout in the opener against Hofstra while striking out five and retiring the first 11 batters she faced in order. The next day, she entered the game in the sixth with the game-tying run on base, getting out of that inning while pitching the seventh to earn the save. Although her shutout streak ended at 16 innings in the finale on Sunday, she held the Irish scoreless for the remainder, retiring the side in three of the seven innings.


Notes on the Tigers
LSU is 10-0 on the season after sweeping its second consecutive tournament with wins over Central Arkansas, Hofstra and No. 20 Notre Dame twice. LSU is off to its best start since 2007 when that team won its first 11 games in a row. This is the best start to a season in head coach Beth Torina‘s career. The Tigers have trailed in a game just three times this season. Of their 10 wins, five have come via shutout, and three have come via run-rule. The Tigers are hitting .346 on the season, outhitting their opponents 89-37. LSU is slugging .568 as a team, sporting a .401 on-base percentage. The team currently has six players hitting above .370 on the season. LSU has outscored its opponents 63-8 so far this season. Through 10 games, LSU has scored double-digit runs in four of seven innings this year, scoring 16 in the opening frame. LSU is outscoring teams 16-1 in the first inning this year. LSU has won seven games decided by five runs or greater. In the Tiger Invitational, LSU outhit the other three teams .325-.162. The Tigers accounted for 41 hits, with 14 for extra bases including six doubles, a triple and seven home runs. LSU scored 29 total runs on the weekend, while the Bears, Pride and Fighting Irish managed just three on 18 hits. The Tigers were 5-for-6 in stolen bases. LSU pitching combined for a 0.66 ERA last weekend, as opposed to the 5.19 for the opponents. Tiger hurlers allowed just six walks, while strikeout 26. Opponents issued 12 free passes and struck out just 17. Bailey Landry led all players on the weekend hitting .571, tying for the team lead in hits with eight, with two doubles an RBI and a stolen base. In the finale against Notre Dame on Sunday, Landry finished with a new season and career-high in hits going 4-for-4, becoming the first player this season with that many in a game for LSU. Bianka Bell tied for the lead with Landry in hits with eight, hitting .471. Of her eight hits three were for extra bases, including hitting two home runs, as she is now two away from tying and three from setting a new program record for home runs in a career. In the first game against Hofstra she went 3-for-3 and had three RBI as she has five multi-RBI contests this year. Sahvanna Jaquish hit three home runs and accounted for 10 RBI, as she had four extra-base knocks total. She had six RBI in a game to become the first player since Kellsi Kloss to have that many in a contest, while matching her feat from last season in hitting two home runs in a game, both three run shots. Jaquish and Bell both slugged .882 for the weekend. Kloss hit .400 for the weekend, finishing second in hits with six, smacking a double and a home run in the process. Sandra Simmons hit .333 with a double, two RBI and run scored. A.J. Andrews hit her third triple of the season, as she is now in the top five at LSU all-time in the category with 14. Kailey McCasland hit the first inside-the-park home run since 2008 this weekend, sealing the win over Hofstra. Freshman Allie Walljasper earned two of the five wins and earned her first collegiate save over the weekend. Walljasper pitched 16.0 innings, the most by 10 innings more than any other pitcher on the staff, allowing just one run total on 10 hits with 10 strikeouts and zero walks. Baylee Corbello pitched 4.1 perfect innings in her only win, earning her first shutout and giving up just one hit with five strikeouts to four walks and an opposing batting average of .053. Kelsee Selman has yet to give up a run in either of her two starts this season, giving up one hit with eight strikeouts in five innings pitched and a .063 opponent batting average. Carley Hoover earned her second win of the year and gave up just two runs on six hits in five innings, with three strikeouts and one walk.


USA Today/NFCA Division I Softball Poll – Feb. 17, 2015

Rank, Team, 2015 Record, Totals, Prev. Rank
1, Florida (26), 11-0, 722, 1
2, Oregon (3), 6-0, 699, 2
3, Alabama, 11-1, 619, 3
4, Oklahoma, 9-1, 593, 4
5, Michigan, 8-1, 580, 8
6, Louisiana-Lafayette, 9-0, 553, 7
7, Baylor, 9-0, 503, 9
8, Georgia, 10-0, 480, 10
9, Florida State, 7-3, 474, 6
10, Tennessee, 9-0, 465, 11
11, Kentucky, 6-2, 458, 5
12, UCLA, 9-2, 403, 12
13, Arizona, 9-0, 397, 14
14, LSU, 10-0, 357, 16
15, Minnesota, 8-1, 328, 13
16, Auburn, 12-0, 320, 17
17, Washington, 8-2, 304, 15
18, Missouri, 3-1, 228, 18
t19, Arizona State, 8-4, 190, 21
t19, UCF, 8-0, 190, RV
21, California, 9-0, 131, RV
22, South Alabama, 7-2, 115, 24
23, Texas A&M, 7-3, 102, 23
24, Notre Dame, 5-4, 51, 20
25, Texas, 7-3, 23, RV

Dropped out: No. 19 Nebraska (4-6), No. 22 Tulsa (7-3), No. 25 Cal State Fullerton (7-3).

Others Receiving Votes: South Carolina (22), Kansas (21), Virginia Tech (20), Stanford (16), Tulsa (15), Mississippi State (15), Cal State Fullerton (12), Nebraska (11), James Madison (3), Hofstra (2), Florida Atlantic (2), Western Kentucky (1).