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LSU Softball Looks to Bounce Back Against Missouri After Crushing Losses To Missouri

LSU entered last weekends series against the Ole Miss Rebels riding a 23-game win streak and were the only unbeaten D1 Program in the nation. In Game 1 of the series the Tigers looked the part as they went on to a (3-0) win as Kelly Lynch threw a complete game and only allowed 2 hits and improved to 4-0 on the season. In game 2 of the series it was looking like the Tigers would do the same as they led (2-0) as they headed to the top of the 6th inning and Berzon had retired the last 17 batters faced. The 6th inning started with a strike out and then things fell apart as Ole Miss started hitting the ball and the error bug bit LSU over and over, as Ole Miss would go on to win (5-2) and Berzon (9-1) lost her first game of the season as she struck out 8 batters.



On Monday they played the rubber match and the Tigers looked to get back on track and things did not go as planned for Torina's club. They could not find an answer for the Ole Miss bats as they jumped out to a (4-0) lead and never looked back. It did not matter who the tigers put in the circle as they started with Raelin Chaffin ( 7-1) who picked up her first loss on the season and next went to Lynch, followed by Berzon. They combined for 9 strikeouts while hitting 4 batters and walking an additional 3 batters while giving up 9 runs on 13 hits as the Rebels won (9-2).



On to Missouri


No. 2 LSU (24-2, 4-2 SEC) is set for another Top 25 matchup as it travels to No. 15 Missouri (23-6, 1-2 SEC) for a three-game series at the Mizzou Softball Stadium in Columbia, Mo. 

 

Each game of the series will be streamed on SEC Network + with Noah Reed and Madi Gerlach on the calls. The series opener will be at 5 p.m. CT on Friday, March 22, game two is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 23, and the series’ final game is for 1 p.m. CT on Sunday, March 24.

 





Series Notes


  • LSU leads Missouri in the all-time series 17-10 and has won six of the last 10 meetings.

  • LSU comes off a 1-2 series against Ole Miss last weekend.

  • Missouri was swept by No. 7 Tennessee last weekend in Knoxville


Players To Watch For


  • Taylor Pleasants - leads the team and ranks No. 5 in the SEC with 31 RBIs with a .347 batting average



  • Ali Newland - leads the team with 30 hits, including four home runs. Newland has a .380 average with 25 RBIs and leads the team with 11 multi-hit games.

  • Karli Petty -ranks No. 2 in the SEC with a .452 batting average and has 14 hits, 14 RBIs and nine runs in 15 games played

  • True freshman Sierra Daniel -has a .391 batting average and has 16 hits since entering the starting lineup on Feb. 2

  • Ciara Briggs- has a .337 batting average with 29 hits and leads the team with 25 runs scored.


  • Raeleen Gutierrez- has a team-best 11 extra-base hits and has a .356 average behind 26 hits, including four home runs.

  • McKenzie Redoutey -has a .338 batting average on 23 hits and is tied for a team-high at six doubles.

  • Sydney Berzon- 76 strikeouts in 72.2 innings and is 9-1 in the circle this season.


  • The LSU Tigers pitching staff - has a 2.31 ERA behind 172 strikeouts (No. 6 in SEC) in 176.0 innings pitched. The Tigers have a .211 opposing batting average and has nine shutouts.


Jeff Palermo will have the call on 107.3 FM in the Baton Rouge Area and on the LSU Sports Radio Network. 


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