Softball Begins Ten-Game Road Swing at Missouri

by Brandon Berrio | Assoc. Director of Creative and Digital Content
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Softball Begins Ten-Game Road Swing at Missouri

BATON ROUGE – The No. 15/17 LSU Softball team (22-12, 6-6 SEC) begins a 10-game road swing at No. 19 Missouri (28-7, 6-3 SEC) Friday through Sunday at the Mizzou Softball Stadium. 

The first two games of the series will be broadcast on SEC Network+ with Nate Gatter and Ashley Moore on the call. The weekend opener begins at 6:30 p.m. and first pitch for game two will be at 2 p.m. The series finale will be at 1 p.m. Sunday on ESPNU with Michele Smith and Beth Mowins on the call. 

Patrick Wright has the call of all three games on the LSU Sports Radio Network. Live stats will also be available at LSUstats.com. 

About the Tigers
The Tigers are coming off of a hard-fought 6-4 win over Louisiana Tech on Tuesday and SEC series win over Ole Miss over the weekend. Against the Lady Techsters, LSU clawed back from a 4-3 deficit in the sixth to plate three runs. Aliyah Andrews gave LSU the lead and Ali Kilponen shut the door on the Louisiana Tech threat in the fifth inning to secure the victory. 

The Tigers have played 16 games against Top 25 teams to start the season. In those
games, LSU is 6-10. The Tigers are 4-8 against Top 10 opponents. LSU is ranked fourth in the NCAA RPI and owns the second-ranked Strength of Schedule. 

The Tigers have hit 36 home runs on the season, averaging 1.1 per game. Amanda Doyle leads the team with seven, followed by Shelbi Sunseri and Taylor Pleasants with six each. 

Andrews added two more stolen bases against Louisiana Tech to bring her total to 137. She is 19 away from being the LSU all-time leader. Dee Douglas is the current leader with 155 (1998-2001). Her 137 in her career leads Division I active players and is second among all divisions of college softball. 

The Tigers are hitting .263 as a team and Andrews leads the group in batting average at .345. She owns 39 hits along with a team-high 30 runs. Taylor Pleasants is second on the team in batting average at .321 with 34 hits and team-high 28 RBI.

In the circle, the Tigers own a 2.62 ERA led by Kilponen’s 1.55 ERA. She is 8-4 on the year in 18 appearances and seven starts. She has only allowed 13 earned runs and struck out a team-high 65 batters in 58.2 innings of work. 

About Missouri?The Tigers are coming off of a sweep over South Carolina over the weekend and have won seven of their last eight games. Missouri is 8-1 in Columbia on the year. 

The team is hitting .350 overall, which is number one in the SEC and top-10 in the country. They also lead the league in on base percentage, runs scored, hits, RBI and doubles. Missouri is second in the league in home runs with 52.  

Freshman Jenna Laird ranks in the top 50 in the country with a .439 batting average. She has 47 hits on the year and 28 RBI. In the circle, Megan Schumacher leads the team with a 2.01 ERA and 8-1 record overall. Missouri as a team owns an ERA of 3.09, which ranks 11th in the league. 

Series Record?LSU leads the all-time series with Missouri, 12-7. This is the first series between the two teams since 2018 when LSU took two of three in Columbia. 

What’s on Deck?The Tigers return to the road for a non-conference game against McNeese State on Tuesday in Lake Charles. The team will then travel to Raleigh to face NC State in a non-conference series April 16-17. 

For all of the latest news and information on Tiger softball, visit www.lsusports.net/softball. Fans can also follow the program on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball along with @lsusoftball and @BethTorina on Twitter and @lsusoftball on Instagram.