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

LSU softball coach Beth Torina exchanges congratulations with shortstop Taylor Pleasants (17) after her first home run earlier this season. PHOTO BY: LSU softball Twitter. 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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