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LSU Dominates All-SEC Honors with Seven Selections

LSU Dominates All-SEC Honors with Seven Selections

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Seven LSU Tigers received All-SEC distinctions announced by the league office Friday morning. Graduate Ali Kilponen and junior Ali Newland were honored to the 2023 All-SEC First Team, while juniors Ciara Briggs, Taylor Pleasants, sophomore McKenzie Redoutey and freshman Sydney Berzon each earned a spot on the 2023 All-SEC Second Team. In addition, junior Raeleen Gutierrez, Briggs, Pleasants and Redoutey claimed 2023 SEC All-Defensive Team status. 

Seven 2023 All-SEC selections for LSU are the most in the conference, and it is the only program with multiple student-athletes listed on the 2023 SEC All-Defensive Team. LSU’s four student-athletes on the all-defensive team ties for the most in program history, matching the 2010 season. It also marks the fifth consecutive season that LSU has representation on the SEC All-Defensive Team, excluding the 2020 season (COVID-19).

Kilponen is one of two LSU pitchers to receive multiple first-team accolades, with the other being Britini Sneed, who received first-team honors from 1999-2002. This season, Kilponen has a 2.16 ERA with 111 strikeouts, including a team-high 56 strikeouts in conference play alone. Kilponen has a 13-7 record and has thrown four shutouts, recorded three saves, and has held opposing batters to a .208 average this season. Kilponen ranks No. 9 all-time in program history with 57 career wins and 473 career strikeouts.

Newland received her first career All-SEC selection after turning in 51 hits on a .331 batting average, including nine doubles and five home runs this season. Newland went to another gear in SEC play, where she paced the team with a .413 batting average (No. 4 in SEC), 31 hits (No. 2 in SEC), 16 RBIs, a .627 slugging percentage, a .458 on-base percentage and four stolen bases. Although not placed on the all-defensive team, Newland is a considerable asset in the field. She has a .983 fielding percentage with 167 putouts, 10 assists and three errors in 54 games played at either the left field or backstop positions.

As a centerfielder, Briggs is now a two-time All-SEC Second Team and SEC All-Defensive Team. At the plate, Briggs has a.352 batting average with 64 hits, a team-high 40 runs scored and adds 21 RBIs. In the outfield, the 2022 Gold Glove winner has accumulated 78 putouts and three assists with no errors.

Pleasants – a three-time All-SEC recipient has a .331 batting average on the year with 49 hits and a team-best 48 RBIs. Pleasants also has 31 runs scored, and eight home runs this season to register a .554 slugging percentage and .415 on-base percentage. Pleasants also makes her first SEC All-Defensive Team appearance after recording 56 putouts and 111 assists in 173 chances (.965 fielding percentage), including 14 double plays turned.

Redoutey has put together a solid season at the dish and in right field as she logs her first career All-SEC and SEC All-Defensive Team accolades. Redoutey has a .295 batting average with 43 hits, 31 RBIs and 28 runs this season. In those 43 hits, Redoutey leads the Tigers with 17 extra-base hits, which includes 10 doubles, five home runs and two triples. Defensively, Redoutey has a .983 fielding percentage with 53 putouts, a team-high four assists amongst the outfielders, and one error. In SEC games alone this season, Redoutey has a .310 batting average with 18 hits and 15 RBIs while defensively logging a perfect fielding percentage with 26 putouts and three assists.

Berzon is the fifth pitcher in program history to reach All-SEC status in her freshman year (Carley Hoover – 2015, Rachele Fico – 2010, Britni Sneed – 1999, Sarah KnifeChief – 1997). Berzon tallied a staff-high 121 strikeouts with a 1.68 ERA in 129.0 innings pitched. The Buffalo, N.Y. native posted a 13-7 record in the circle, logged three shutouts and three saves, and has held opposing batters to a .204 clip. Berzon’s 121 strikeouts this season is the sixth most by an LSU freshman. 

Gutierrez garners her first career SEC postseason award by being named to the 2023 SEC All-Defensive team. Gutierrez has a .980 fielding percentage at the first base position with 333 putouts and 12 assists. In addition, Gutierrez assisted in 16 double plays, with half occurring in SEC play. In conference play this season, Gutierrez has 151 putouts with six assists and one error to register a .994 fielding percentage. 

The 64-team bracket for the NCAA Tournament will be revealed on the NCAA Softball Championship Selection Show at 6 p.m. CT on Sunday, May 14, on ESPN2.

The complete 2023 SEC Softball Postseason Awards is as follows:

Player of the Year: Skylar Wallace, Florida

Pitcher of the Year: Maddie Penta, Auburn

Freshman of the Year: Karlyn Pickens, Tennessee

Coach of the Year: Karen Weekly, Tennessee

All-SEC First Team

Montana Fouts Alabama
Ashley Prange Alabama
Chenise Delce Arkansas
Maddie Penta Auburn
Charla Echols Florida
Skylar Wallace Florida
Jayda Kearney Georgia
Sydney Kuma Georgia
Sara Mosley Georgia
Shelby Walters Georgia
Erin Coffel Kentucky
Kayla Kowalik Kentucky
Ali Kilponen LSU
Ali Newland LSU
Donnie Gobourne South Carolina
McKenna Gibson Tennessee
Kiki Milloy Tennessee
Zaida Puni Tennessee
Ashley Rogers Tennessee
Julia Cottrill Texas A&M
Rylen Wiggins Texas A&M


All-SEC Second Team

Jenna Johnson Alabama
Larissa Preuitt Alabama
Hannah Camenzind Arkansas
Kristina Foreman Arkansas
Cylie Halvorson Arkansas
Rylin Hedgecock Arkansas
Reagan Johnson Arkansas
Denver Bryant Auburn
Nelia Peralta Auburn
Kendra Falby Florida
Reagan Walsh Florida
Jaiden Fields Georgia
Madison Kerpics Georgia
Sydney Berzon LSU
Ciara Briggs LSU
Taylor Pleasants LSU
McKenzie Redoutey LSU
Alex Honnold Missouri
Jenna Laird Missouri
Karlyn Pickens Tennessee
Koko Wooley Texas A&M


SEC All-Defensive Team

Pitcher Maddie Penta Auburn
Catcher Kayla Kowalik Kentucky
First Base Raeleen Gutierrez LSU
Second Base Sydney Kuma Georgia
Shortstop Taylor Pleasants LSU
Third Base Charla Echols Florida
Left Field Tate Whitley Ole Miss
Center Field Ciara Briggs LSU
Right Field McKenzie Redoutey LSU

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