April 14 Softball Report, Rankings

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April 14 Softball Report, Rankings

Overall Record: 38-5 [11-4 SEC]
NFCA/USA Softball Ranking: 3rd/3rd
RPI Ranking: 2nd

Last Week: 2-2
April 8 – at Mississippi State [L, 9-4]
April 10 – at No. 11 Tennessee [W, 5-1]
April 11 – at No. 11 Tennessee [W, 7-4]
April 12 – at No. 11 Tennessee, [L, 8-5]

This Week:

April 15 – McNeese State [Lake Charles, La., 4 p.m.; CST (ESPN3 blacked out in CST coverage area): http://es.pn/1DBHB19; Live Stats, www.LSUsports.net/livestats]
April 15 – McNeese State [Lake Charles, La., 6:30 p.m.; CST (ESPN3 blacked out in CST coverage area): http://es.pn/1Oswnj6; Live Stats, www.LSUsports.net/livestats]

April 18 – Texas A&M [Tiger Park, 6 p.m.; SECN+: http://es.pn/1Isq6U2; Live Stats, www.LSUsports.net/livestats]

April 19 – Texas A&M [Tiger Park, 6 p.m.; SEC Network: http://es.pn/1O8L0YQ; Live Stats: www.LSUsports.net/livestats]
April 20 – Texas A&M [Tiger Park, 6 p.m.; SEC Network: http://www.secsports.com/watch; Live Stats: www.LSUsports.net/livestats]

Notes on the Tigers
LSU is 38-5 on the season and 11-4 in the SEC after taking two of three games over the weekend at Tennessee. It was the first series win for LSU in Knoxville in team history. LSU has now tied its entire overall win total from last year and SEC win total with three weeks left in the regular season. The Tigers are on the cusp of winning 40 games in a season for the first time since 2012. LSU will close out a season-long six-game home stand on Wednesday at McNeese State. After the weekend, the Tigers are 5-5 in road games this season. LSU is 11-4 against Top 25 teams this season after taking two from 11th ranked Tennessee. LSU hit just .308 last week, while its opponents hit .316. The Tigers scored one less run than both Mississippi State and Tennessee, 22-21. The team ended up tying both in hits after four games, as in four games it was split at 36-36. LSU hit seven home runs as a team over the week, hitting all seven against Tennessee pitching. LSU is 0-2 when allowing five to nine runs in contests. The LSU defense struggled committing eight errors to its opponents’ three. Sahvanna Jaquish led LSU at the plate hitting .583 with seven total hits, seven RBIs and three runs scored, while slugging 1.167 with a .688 on-base percentage. Jaquish now owns the record for multi-hit games with 19 at LSU, while she is an RBI away from tying the single-season RBI total with 61. Kellsi Kloss led the Tigers with three home runs, including hitting her first multi-home run game of the season in the finale against Tennessee. Kloss and Bailey Landry each ended up with six hits, as Kloss had four RBIs and Landry one. Bianka Bell hit her 13th home run of the season on Saturday, while Constance Quinn hit her third in the same game. The LSU pitching staff had a combined earned run average of 4.31 to its opponents’ 4.00. Carley Hoover and Kelsee Selman earned the two wins, as Hoover struck out 16, while Selman came on in relief and allowed just two runs on three hits with a pair of strikeouts.

USA Today/NFCA Division I Softball Poll – April 14, 2015

Rank, Team (First-Place Votes), Record, Points, Previous
1, Oregon (22), 35-5, 787, 2
2, Florida (7), 39-4, 773, 3
3, LSU (3), 38-5, 726, 1
4, Michigan, 37-6, 699, 4
5, Oklahoma, 36-5, 669, 5
6, Alabama, 31-9, 636, 6
7, Auburn, 40-6, 602, 7
8, UCLA, 35-8, 572, 9
9, Louisiana-Lafayette, 32-5, 535, 10
10, Florida State, 34-11, 473, 8
11, Georgia, 35-10, 458, 12
12, Tennessee, 30-11, 451, 11
13, Minnesota, 33-7, 421, 15
14, Kentucky, 27-13, 379, 13
15, UCF, 40-6, 343, 17
16, Arizona, 33-10, 328, 16
17, Baylor, 29-9, 321, 14
18, California, 31-9, 245, 20
19, Washington, 35-11, 211, 18
20, Missouri, 26-10, 179, 21
21, Arizona State, 27-15, 165, 19
22, South Alabama, 31-7, 144, 22
23, James Madison, 32-6, 95, 24
24, Texas A&M, 32-12, 81, 23
25, Notre Dame, 32-11, 48, RV

Dropped out: No. 25 Kansas (33-7)
Others Receiving Votes: Kansas (15), Mississippi State (15), USC Upstate (7), Texas (7), North Dakota State (6), Western Kentucky (5), Cal State Northridge (3), South Carolina (1).