Softball’s Shortridge Takes Home SEC POW

LSU centerfielder Kirsten Shortridge
LSU centerfielder Kirsten Shortridge
Steve Franz
Matt Dunaway
Matt Dunaway

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - LSU centerfielder Kirsten Shortridge came away with SEC Player of the Week accolades Monday as announced by the league office. It marks her second career weekly award from the SEC.

Shortridge racked up three multi-hit performances and added four stolen bases as the Tigers picked up a series victory over No. 8 Georgia. She tallied a .636 batting average for the week and grabbed a career-best seven putouts from her centerfield spot during the opening game of the series.

Shortridge fueled a four-run sixth inning comeback during game two of the series and handed LSU a 4-3 edge with a heart-stopping steal of home plate during the throw back to the pitcher. The Keller, Texas, native joined Dee Douglas as the only players in program history to post 40 steals in a season. She provided a 3-for-4 effort with a RBI-single as the Tigers nearly overcame a 3-0 hole during the finale.

LSU concludes the regular season slate with a weekend series at No. 16 Tennessee. Saturday's doubleheader is on-tap for an 11 a.m. start followed by a 1 p.m. single game on Sunday. Games one and three of the series will be televised on ESPN and ESPNU with Cara Capuano and Michele Smith anchoring the coverage.

All three games will be broadcasted live on ESPN 104.5 and The X 104.9 FM in the Baton Rouge area with Patrick Wright and Matt Dunaway set to call all the action. Live stats also will be available in the Geaux Zone on LSUsports.net in addition to in-game updates via http://twitter.com/lsu_softball.

 

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