Overall Record: 40-14 [15-8 SEC]
RPI Rating: No. 6
NFCA Top 25 Ranking: No. 10
USA Softball Top 25 Ranking: T-No. 10
Last Week: 0-1
May 10 – vs. Georgia [L, 7-0]
NCAA Baton Rouge Regional
Friday, May 17
Game 1: Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Northwestern State – 3 p.m.
Game 2: No. 9 LSU vs. Central Connecticut State – 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 18
Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner – 12 p.m.
Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser – 3 p.m.
Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner – 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 17
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner – 1 p.m.
Game 7: Game 6 rematch if necessary – 4 p.m.
Ticket Information [www.LSUtix.net]
All-Session Prices [On Sale Now]
Adult Berm/Standing Room Only, $20
Youth Berm/Standing Room Only, $15
Single Game Tickets [On Sale: Thursday 8 a.m.]
Adult Berm/Standing Room Only, $7
Youth Berm/Standing Room Only, $5
Students Berm/Standing Room Only, $5
Groups (10 or more) Berm/Standing Room Only, $5
Notes on the Tigers
LSU garnered a No. 9 national seed and will make its 15th NCAA Tournament appearance playing host to a four-team regional which features Central Connecticut State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Northwestern State running Friday to Sunday at Tiger Park. The Tigers are one of a SEC record 11 teams to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Earlier this season, LSU secured its SEC-leading ninth SEC Western Division title which was the program’s first since the 2007 season. The Tigers tallied a .288 team batting average during the regular season. The top three hitters in the batting order – A.J. Andrews, Jacee Blades and Bianka Bell each turned in over a .350 batting average. Bell paced the Tigers with a team-leading 12 home runs and 47 RBIs. The 12 homers are tied for third-most in program history for a single season, while the 47 RBIs are the third-most by a freshman. Andrews produced a team-high 66 hits, good enough for seventh place tie on the SEC leaderboard. She also recorded 32 RBIs, second on the team and notched 19 stolen bases which was 10th in the SEC rankings. Sandra Simmons and Kellsi Kloss contributed solid freshmen campaigns for the Tigers. Simmons compiled a .268 hitting clip, four home runs and 30 RBIs whereas Kloss made the most of her 32 starts with a .266 batting average, five home runs and 24 RBIs. Simone Heyward has provided a spark with a .341 hitting clip from the bottom of the lineup. She has ripped off 15-of-17 in the stolen base department. In the circle, Rachele Fico has picked up a 24-11 mark and racked up 222 strikeouts over 211.1 innings of work. The 222 Ks are second-most in the SEC. She collected 11 of LSU’s 15 SEC victories. Overall, the senior right-hander fired in 10 shutouts, tied for eighth nationally. Ashley Czechner came away with a 10-1 mark highlighted by a pair of victories over then No. 4 Alabama and No. 12 Missouri. Meghan Patterson has chipped in a 6-2 mark in the circle. In her last outing, she fired 3.2 frames of relief versus Georgia. If LSU is able to advance to NCAA Super Regional round, the Tigers would meet with No. 8 seeded Michigan, California, Central Michigan or Valparaiso.