Softball Travels to Kentucky for SEC Series
Asst. Communications Director
BATON ROUGE – After a 3-0 start to SEC play last weekend, the eighth-ranked LSU softball team travels to No. 24/23 Kentucky for a three-game SEC series Saturday through Monday.
Saturday’s series opener is slated for an 11 a.m. CT start with Sunday’s game at 3:30 p.m. CT. Monday’s series finale will be at 6 p.m. CT.
Game one and three of the series will be on SEC Network while game two will be on ESPNU. Mark Neely, Michele Smith and Amanda Scarborough will have the call.
Weekend Schedule (All times Central)
LSU at Kentucky, March 17, 11 a.m. CT, SECN
LSU at Kentucky, March 18, 3:30 p.m. CT, ESPNU
LSU at Kentucky, March 19, 6 p.m. CT, SECN
>> LSU leads all-time series 40-12.
>> The last time the Tigers defeated the Wildcats was in the 2016 SEC Tournament. The Tigers claimed a 3-1 win to move on to the semifinals.
>> The last time the Tigers swept the Wildcats was in the 2013 season in Tiger Park and the last time the Tigers won in Lexington was on March 29, 2015. LSU claimed game one, 7-1, won a nine-inning game 4-3 in game two and clinched the series with a 3-2 victory in game three. That was also the last time the Tigers claimed a series over Kentucky.
LSU heads into SEC action with a 23-2 overall record, the best start to a season since 2015. LSU has won their last nine contests and started SEC action with a sweep of then-No. 10 Auburn. Aliyah Andrews now leads the offense after hitting .647 in the last four games. She earned SEC Player of the Week honors for her .642 batting average and .714 on-base percentage against Auburn. Carley Hoover and Allie Walljasper continue to be solid in the circle for the Tigers. Hoover earned NFCA Co-Pitcher of the Week after going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 14.2 innings of work against Auburn. Walljasper earned Saturday’s victory against Auburn and picked up Tuesday night’s win over WKU.
Kentucky is coming off a couple dominating performances as the Wildcats downed Indiana 15-2 and Northern Illinois 8-4 earlier this week. Katie Reed leads the Wildcats’ offense, hitting .452 on the year. In the circle, Grace Baalman leads the way with a 1.63 ERA and an 8-2 record. In 55.2 innings, she has totaled 52 strikeouts.
What’s On Deck
Following the Kentucky series, the Tigers will host their final nonconference tournament of the year in the LSU Round Robin. The Tigers will play host to BYU, North Dakota State and Baylor. For a complete schedule of the LSU Round Robin, click here.
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