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Can LSU Softball Secure a Series Win Against the Gators in Top 10 Showdown at The Swamp?

LSU Softball started the season on fire, both in the circle and at the plate. They secured their second best start in program history with a 24-0 start. They would then drop 4 straight against including two to Ole Miss at home and then two on the road to No.15 Missouri. However, this is a resilient group of girls and they would take the final game of the series against Mizzou before starting a new six game win streak including a sweep against the No.11 Texas A&M Aggies.



TOP 10 MATCH-UP IN THE SWAMP NO.5 LSU VS NO.10 FLORIDA


No. 5 LSU (30-4, 8-4 SEC) will begin a three-game series at No. 10 Florida (32-5, 7-2 SEC) tonight at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.





The Tigers are 10-2 against nationally ranked opponents and 2-0 versus top 10 teams this season. LSU rank No. 3 in the SEC with a .329 batting average and No. 4 in the league with 294 hits. They also have nine shutouts this season and leads the SEC with 19 double plays. In the circle the Tigers are Led by sophomore ace Sydney Berzon who has 99 strikeouts in 97.0 innings and is 13-1 in the circle this season with a 2.02 ERA.


At the plate and in the field the Tigers are being led equally by Ali Newland and Taylor Pleasants. Both make play after play in the field this season and at the plate again, they are the two most dominant in my opinion. Pleasants leads the team and ranks No. 8 in the SEC with 34 RBIs behind a .323 batting average. Ali Newland leads the team with

seven home runs and is second in the club with 39 hits. Newland has a .364 average with 32 RBIs (No. 11 in SEC) and has hit two grand slams this season.






The Gators are 15-1 at home this season while the Tigers are 7-2 away from Tiger Park. The Gators are led by ace pitcher Keagan Rothrock with a 16-3 record in the circle, 124 strikeouts (No. 3 in SEC) and a 1.46 ERA. Offensively they lead the SEC in most categories and are led by two time All American Skylar Wallace. Shea is the league leader with a .479 batting average, 58 runs, and 24 stolen bases.

 

All three games will be televised with Eric Frede and Madison on the broadcast, while the Voice of LSU Softball, Patrick Wright, will have the call on 107.3 FM in the Baton Rouge Area and the LSU Sports Radio Network. 

 

Game one will be at 5 p.m. CT on Saturday on ESPN, game two is scheduled for noon CT on Sunday on ESPN2, and the series finale will be at 6 p.m. CT on Monday on SEC Network. 

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