LSU softball set to face Florida in SEC Tournament

LSU softball set to face Florida in SEC Tournament
LSU Softball (Source: Josh Auzenne)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - No. 10 LSU is in College Station, TX, for the 2019 SEC Tournament, hosted by Texas A&M.

The team will face Florida at 3 p.m. Thursday due to weather delays Wednesday.

The game will be shown on the SEC Network.

Florida beat South Carolina, 6-5, on a walk-off double after rallying in the bottom of the seventh inning to advance to face the Tigers. LSU took the series 2-1 over the Gators earlier in the season.

LSU is 44-22 in the SEC Tournament, winning the title in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2007. Last year, the Tigers defeated Ole Miss in the first round with a grand slam from Michaela Schlattman. The Tigers would fall in the quarterfinals against Tennessee, 1-0.

“I think the SEC Tournament can really do a lot for you. I don’t think it really hurts you because we will face a strong opponent in every game we play so playing well there is only going to help us. We need to get our confidence back," said head coach Beth Torina.

The Tigers own the all time-series against the Gators with a record of 35-31. LSU won the series earlier this year in walk-off fashion. Senior Amanda Sanchez doubled to the left center, scoring Aliyah Andrews from third to win, 3-2. The Tigers run-ruled the Gators in game two, 8-0 in six innings.

LSU is 48-17 all-time record against South Carolina. The Tigers defeated the Gamecocks in two of the three games earlier this season. Infielder Amanda Sanchez hit .714 against South Carolina with three home runs and eight RBI. Sanchez earned NFCA and SEC Player of the Week honors with that performance.

The Tigers are going into tournament play 40-15 on the season. LSU is the No. 3 seed in the tournament after a three-way tie was broken for the 2-4 seeds. The team continues to lead the SEC in batting average at .317. Amanda Sanchez continues to lead the pack with a .400 mark, while Shemiah Sanchez and Shelbi Sunseri have combined 33 home runs on the season, 17 and 16 respectively.

Freshman Savannah Stewart has led the Tigers in hitting with a .409 in the last three weeks. After the Baylor series, she earned SEC Freshman of the Week and the led the Tigers in the series against Alabama, hitting .400 on the weekend.

In the circle, Shelby Wickersham leads the team with a 2.17 ERA. Wickersham is 10-2 with four shutouts and total of 45 strikeouts. Sunseri is 12-7 with a 2.28 ERA. She leads the team with 75 strikeouts. Junior Maribeth Gorsuch is 11-3 on the year and leads the team with six shutouts.

The tournament is a single elimination tournament. If the Tigers were to win, they would advance to the semifinal round and will play the winner between Tennessee and Auburn/Missouri at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

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