BATON ROUGE – Hailey Smith checks in with the latest edition of LSU softball’s “Blogging from the Berm” as the No. 13 LSU softball team welcomes South Carolina to Tiger Park for a three-game weekend series. Games times are on-tap for Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.
All three games of the series will be broadcasted by the LSU Sports Radio Network on Country Legends 104.9 FM in Baton Rouge and can be accessed by Geaux Zone subscribers at www.LSUsports.net/live
Saturday's game will be carried live by Cox Sports Television and Comcast Sports Southeast with Lyn Rollins and retired LSU softball coach Yvette Girouard set to call the action. Friday’s game will have live video available inside the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live.
Every game of LSU softball this season will have live stats available at LSUsports.net/livestats. Fans can also follow every pitch via live in-game updates at the program's social media outlets @lsusoftball on Twitter and www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball.
The Tiger Park Ticket Office will open 90 prior to the first pitch. Fans can purchase tickets on-site starting at $5 for adult general admission and $3 for youth ages 3-12.
Hey Tiger fans:
“What's up? I don't think I can stress how good it is to be home for a couple of weeks here in Baton Rouge and at Tiger Park. It's been what my teammates and I say, a blissful week. Looking around, there aren't any suitcases around the locker room; no one yawning during the early morning practices, or drinking coffee to subsidize the jet-lag. Being a freshman, traveling has been a struggle as well as a privilege to get through, and I think I have mastered the art of packing everything at the last minute! These past seven weeks have been a whirlwind, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.
Starting SEC play has been exciting since we have won our first two series against Mississippi State and Kentucky. Coming off these past six games in SEC play, these games are very different compared to the games we have played earlier in our season. In both of our series, respectively, you can say that all SEC games are going be cut throat and gritty. Also from experiencing these games, scoring runs early are VERY important. Scoring early helps our pitchers (Rachele, Meghan, Czech) to relax and be able to throw the pitches that they want to call throughout the game.
I have also learned at this level that you cannot at any time take an inning, a pitch or a swing off because at the end it will just come and bite you in the you-know-what! By playing hard every pitch and every inning, we are able to come away with great wins against good teams such as Kentucky, who we played this weekend. Speaking of Kentucky, did I mention that my sister, Krystal, plays for them? How awesome, right? This game was extremely special because this would be the first time we have played against each other on opposing teams. Plus, I couldn't let her beat me! It was great seeing her, and I truly missed her.
Speaking of missing people, I missed our fans (aka you guys). Tiger Park, in my opinion, is probably the toughest ball park to play in because of the amount of intensity and volume that our fans bring to each and every game. I hope see you all, and your Tiger spirit in our series this weekend against South Carolina.”