FRESHMAN SEASON (2019)
Made 15 appearances this season and started seven games as pitcher, compiling a record of 5-3… Had a 3.55 earned runs average and held her opponents to a .228 batting average… In 47.1 innings pitched she struck out 44 batters and recorded five complete games on the year… She recorded a season high 12 strikeouts in the Tigers' 4-1 victory over Lamar in seven innings… She came in as the relief pitcher against Georgia in the bottom of the first inning when she tallied seven strikeouts on the game and allowed no runs to secure the win… In her debut as a Tiger, she struck out the first three batters and recorded a total six strikeouts in LSU's 10-0 victory over Bucknell in five innings. .
A four-year letterwinner coming to Baton Rouge from Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, who was ranked 69th in the FloSoftball Hot 100 ... Helped lead her team to three-straight state championships as a freshman, sophomore and junior and a four-straight appearance at state as a senior ... As the pitcher, she owned a 87-4 record ... As a senior, she finished with her best ERA at 0.42 to go along with 273 strikeouts and just 12 walks in 134 innings pitched. ..As a junior, she threw a total of 149 innings and tallied 283 strikeouts, 18 walks and finished the year with a .47 ERA ... As a prep, she earned many accolades in her four years, including three-time all-state, all-region selections ... . A four-time Colorado Player of the year and a three-time Colorado Pitcher of the Year ... Named the Colorado Softball Sportswoman of the Year by the YMCA her junior year, and was a nominee for Xfinity Female Athlete of the Year for three-straight years ... Also nominated for Gatorade Player of the Year as a sophomore and junior ... Earned National Player of the Week as a freshman and senior ... During the summer time, Kaliponen plays for the TC Stars and Firecrackers-Rico, who are coached by Dave King and Tony Rico, respectively.
Full name is Alexandria Marie Kilponen, born on August 8, 1999 in Denver, Colorado ... Parents names are Keith and Angie Kilponen ... Has three siblings Ty, Jeremy and Brady ... Plans to enter the medical field.