April 21 Softball Report, Rankings

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April 21 Softball Report, Rankings

Overall Record: 41-6 [13-5 SEC]
NFCA/USA Softball Ranking: 3rd/3rd

Last Week: 3-1
April 15 – at McNeese State [W, 13-4 (5 innings)]
April 18 – vs. Texas A&M [W, 6-1]
April 19 – vs. Texas A&M [W, 6-3]
April 20 – vs. Texas A&M [L, 5-2]

This Week:
April 25 – at No. 15 Missouri [Columbia, Mo., 2 p.m.; SECN+: http://es.pn/1PMZiAb; Live Stats, www.LSUsports.net/livestats]
April 26 – at No. 15 Missouri [Columbia, Mo., 3 p.m.; SECN+: http://es.pn/1D1eyiZ; Live Stats, www.LSUsports.net/livestats]
April 27 – at No. 15 Missouri [Columbia, Mo., 6 p.m.; SEC Network: http://www.secsports.com/watch; Live Stats, www.LSUsports.net/livestats]

Notes on the Tigers
LSU is 41-6 on the season and 13-5 in the SEC after earning three wins in four games over the course of last week. The Tigers claimed its fifth conference series over the weekend, taking two of three from the Texas A&M Aggies. LSU is 7-3 in its last 10 games with seven games remaining in the regular season. The Tigers are still off to the best start in program history, with 15 more wins at this point of the season than last year. The 13-5 record is the second best league start for LSU in program history. Although the team dropped its first game of the year at Tiger Park on Monday, the 2015 team tied the longest home winning streak in program history at 30 games, but in the process became the first team to do so in one calendar year. LSU is 13-5 against Top 25 teams this season and 21-6 against teams in the RPI Top 50. The 13 wins against ranked teams are the most since the 2006 squad had 17. Allie Walljasper was named the SEC Freshman of the Week for the second time on Monday after earning two wins last week and allowing just two earned runs in 11.0 innings of work. On Monday, Sahvanna Jaquish tied her single-season home run mark from last year with 17, while also setting a new single-season RBI mark with her 64th run driven in this year, besting Ashlee Ducote’s 63 which stood since 2000. Sandra Simmons led LSU at the plate, hitting .455 with five hits, two walks and four runs scored. Simmons, Bianka Bell and Bailey Landry each had five hits to tie for the team lead over the week. Alayna Falcon led all players in RBIs with six, including her first collegiate home run off a grand slam against McNeese State last Wednesday. Kellsi Kloss hit her 10 home run of the season while extending her career long hitting streak to 10 games, as LSU has three players with double-digit home runs for the second time in program history, the first since Rachel Mitchell, Quinlan Duhon and Killian Rossner combined for 31 in 2008. Freshman Carley Hoover had the lowest ERA on the staff over the week, earning a complete game win by allowing one run on six hits with six strikeouts for an average of 0.95. The LSU pitching staff combined for an ERA of 2.15, striking out 19 total batters and allowing eight earned runs.

 

USA Today/NFCA Division I Softball Poll – April 21, 2015

Rank, Team, 2015 Record, Totals, Prev. Rank
1, Florida (18), 44-4, 786, 2
2, Oregon (14), 37-5, 774, 1
3, LSU, 41-5, 737, 3
4, Michigan, 41-6, 703, 4
5, Alabama, 35-10, 651, 6
6, Oklahoma, 38-6, 635, 5
7, UCLA, 38-8, 593, 8
8, Auburn, 41-8, 577, 7
9, Louisiana-Lafayette, 34-5, 539, 9
10, Florida State, 37-11, 507, 10
11, Tennessee, 35-11, 469, 12
12, Minnesota, 37-7, 453, 13
13, UCF, 43-6, 399, 15
14, Georgia, 35-13, 363, 11
15, Missouri, 31-10, 319, 20
16, Baylor, 31-11, 299, 17
17, Kentucky, 28-16, 271, 14
18, Washington, 36-11, 255, 19
19, Arizona, 34-12, 237, 16
20, California, 32-12, 193, 18
21, South Alabama, 32-7, 163, 22
22, James Madison, 37-6, 138, 23
23, Arizona State, 29-16, 130, 21
24, Notre Dame, 37-11, 99, 25
25, Texas A&M, 33-14, 54, 24

Others Receiving Votes: Texas (10), North Dakota State (10), Kansas (7), South Carolina (7), Utah (6), USC Upstate (6), Cal State Northridge (5), Western Kentucky (5).