No. 18 Tigers step out of conference softball race to visit Longhorns

PHOTO BY: LSU softball Twitter.

The No. 18 LSU softball team will spend its bye in Southeastern Conference play with a three-game road series at Texas (18-9-1) at the Red & Charline McCombs Field. The series will be one game Friday at 6 p.m. and a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m.

The series can be heard live in Baton Rouge by 107.3-FM. The entire three-game series will be carried on a tape-delay basis on the Longhorn Network with Friday’s game is estimated to air at 9:30 p.m., followed by 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

LSU continued (20-7) continued its recent stretch of success Tuesday with an 11-2 mercy-run win over Southeastern Louisiana. The Tigers proceeded that by taking two of three SEC games at home last week from previously unbeaten and second-ranked Alabama.

Third baseman and lead-off hitter Danieca Coffey ranks No. 2 in the NCAA with 39 hits this season and leads the Tigers with a .453 batting average. Sophomore Ciara Briggs follows with a .402 batting average with 35 hits and seven stolen bases, while leading the club with 26 runs scored.

Junior Georgia Clark (.297 avg.) leads the SEC and ranks No. 4 in the NCAA with 34 RBIs and is the team leader with nine home runs (T-No. 5 in SEC).

Junior Ali Kilponen is 9-3 in the circle this season in 71.1 innings pitched. Kilponen has a 1.47 ERA with three shutouts and ranks No. 7 in the conference with 63 strikeouts.

THE LINEUP

LSU and Texas have split 10 games evenly in the all-time series. LSU is 3-2 against Texas under coach Beth Torina after winning two out of three in Baton Rouge last season.

Texas has won seven of its last eight games, including a pair of wins at UL-Lafayette, 10-2 and 3-2 Wednesday night.

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