Softball's Sunseri, Sanchez Earn All-America Honors

by Chelsey Chamberlain
Softball's Sunseri, Sanchez Earn All-America Honors

BATON ROUGE – LSU Softball garnered two NFCA All-American honors Tuesday afternoon as the organization announced Shelbi Sunseri and Amanda Sanchez to the second team.

This is the first All-American honor for both Sunseri and Sanchez. It marks the 37th and 38th in program history. Sunseri and Sanchez are the ninth and 10thTiger to earn second team honors.

Sunseri, named to the second team as Utility/Pitcher, finished the season with a .340 batting average. She tallied 54 hits, including 14 doubles and 17 home runs, one shy of tying the single-season home run record. She scored 30 times on the year and recorded at team-high 60 RBI. She finished with a .748 slugging percentage and a .468 on-base percentage.

In the circle, Sunseri made her mark as well, finishing with a 2.34 ERA and a 13-10 record. She put together five shutouts and earned five saves, tying the single-season save record. In 137.2 innings, she record a team-high 86 strikeouts and held her opponents to a .218 average.

Sunseri started off the year with a 30-game on-base streak. She hit a home run in three-straight games (Bucknell, Oklahoma State, Oregon). Of her five shutouts, three came against Top 75 teams. She picked up four RBI on two occasions, both coming against Top 75 opponents in Tulsa and Georgia. She hit four home runs in her first weekend as a sophomore.

Sanchez, a transfer from Missouri, was named to second team as a third baseman. She finished the year with a .354 average, hitting over .500 for more than half the season. Sanchez tallied 35 runs scored, 47 hits, a team-leading 16 doubles, nine home runs and 54 RBI. She finished with a .627 slugging percentage and a team-best .529 on-base percentage.

The West Covina, Native hit .400 in the regular season. She hit eight home runs and had 10 doubles against Top 75 teams with a .702 slugging percentage and a .553 on-base percentage. She led the team in walks in the regular season with 39 and 29 against Top 75 opponents.

Sanchez had one of her best weekends of the season against South Carolina, recording a .714 batting average with three home runs and eight RBI. She had the walk-off double to help the Tigers to a series win over Florida, the first series win over the Gators in Baton Rouge since 2007.

The 2019 came to an end last weekend in the Minneapolis Super Regional. The Tigers fell to the Gophers Friday, 5-3, and then Saturday, 3-0. The Tigers finish the year with a 43-19 record.

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