LSU places six players on 2022 LSWA All-Louisiana softball team

LSU softball had six players named to the 2022 Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) All-Louisiana College Softball Team announced Friday.

Outfielder Ciara Briggs, pitcher Ali Kilponen, shortstop Taylor Pleasants, and utility Shelbi Sunseri were honored on the first team, while first baseman Georgia Clark and third baseman Danieca Coffey were selected to the second team in a statewide vote.

Pleasants’ consecutive appearance on the LSWA’s first team was a first for LSU’s program since pitcher Carley Hoover (2015-16), batting .295 with a team-high 105 total bases. She had 12 home runs with 15 doubles and a triple.

Kilponen, LSU’s staff ace, was 18-9 record in the circle with a 2.29 ERA and 145 strikeouts, ranking No. 7 and No. 8 in the SEC, respectively.

Briggs became a two-time All-Louisiana selection after batting .368 with 70 hits (No. 9 in the SEC), 32 RBIs and a team-high 53 runs scored. She was one of three Tigers with a perfect fielding percentage with a minimum of 75 chances as she logged 82 putouts and seven assists.

Briggs was honored with the 2022 Rawlings Gold Glove Award, presented by the NFCA.

Sunseri is the only three-time All-Louisiana selection on this year’s team. In 2022, she registered a .616 slugging percentage behind 15 home runs – the seventh most in a single season in the program’s record book. In the circle, Sunseri was 8-7 with a 3.23 ERA and struck out 61 batters.

Clark led LSU this season with a .667 slugging percentage, 61 RBI and 16 home runs. Her 61 RBIs ranked No. 4 in the SEC and No. 16 in the NCAA, while her 16 home runs ranked No. 10 in the SEC and No. 6 in the program’s single season record book. Clark was tabbed All-Louisiana Honorable Mention in 2021.

Coffey had a breakout season with a .379 batting average, .457 on-base percentage and 72 hits which ranked No. 6 in the SEC.

Five of the six LSU honorees will return for the 2023 season from a team that went 34-23 and reached the NCAA Tournament for the 16th consecutive season.

2022 All-Louisiana Collegiate Softball Team

First Team:

Pitcher: Primrose Aholelei, So., Bossier Parish

Pitcher: Ali Kilponen, Jr., LSU

Pitcher: Audrey Pickett, Sr., Louisiana Tech

Pitcher: Ashley Vallejo, So., McNeese

Catcher: Sophie Piskos, So., UL-Lafayette

First Base: Stormy Kotzelnick, Fr., UL-Lafayette

Second Base: Melissa Mayeux, Sr., UL-Lafayette

Third Base: Jourdyn Campbell, So., UL-Lafayette

Shortstop: Taylor Pleasants, So., LSU

Outfield: Ciara Briggs, So., LSU

Outfield: Aeriyl Mass, Sr., Southeastern Louisiana

Outfield: Sierra Sacco, Fr., Louisiana Tech

Designated Player: Karly Heath, Jr., UL-Lafayette

Utility: Shelbi Sunseri, 5th-Year Sr., LSU

 Major Awards

Hitter of the Year: Jourdyn Campbell, UL-Lafayette

Pitcher of the Year: Primrose Aholelei, Bossier Parish

Newcomer of the Year: Jourdyn Campbell, UL-Lafayette

Freshman of the Year: Sierra Sacco, Louisiana Tech

Coach of the Year: James Landreneau, McNeese

Second Team:

Pitcher: Sam Landry, Fr.., UL-Lafayette

Pitcher: Meghan Schorman, Jr., UL-Lafayette

Catcher: Bailey Krolczyk, So., Southeastern Louisiana

First Base: Georgia Clark, Jr., LSU

Second Base: Madison Rayner, Jr., Southeastern Louisiana

Third Base: Danieca Coffey, So., LSU

Third Base: Jill Poullard, So., McNeese

Shortstop: Amanda Gonzalez, Jr., Louisiana Tech

Outfield: Maddie Hayden, Fr., UL-Lafayette

Outfield: Maddie Leal, So., LSU-Eunice

Outfield: Laney Roos, So., Northwestern State

Designated Player: Audrey Greely, So., Southeastern Louisiana

Utility: Olivia Coaker, Jr., Louisiana Christian

Honorable Mention
Pitcher:  Chloe Bennett, LSU-Eunice; Sage Hoover, Northwestern State; Heather Zumo, Southeastern Louisiana.
Catcher:  Brooke Diaz, Louisiana Tech.
Second Base:  Alexis Chavez, Louisiana-Monroe.
Shortstop:  Alexa Langeliers, Louisiana-Lafayette.
Outfield:  Mackenzie Cox, Centenary; Cam Goodman, Southeastern Louisiana.

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