LSU softball faces Monmouth in first NCAA Regional game

LSU softball faces Monmouth in first NCAA Regional game
LSU Softball (Source: Josh Auzenne)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The No. 10 LSU softball team opens up the 2019 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional Friday against the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champions Monmouth at 4:30 p.m.

The Tigers are the No. 10 overall national seed in this year’s tournament and this will be their fifth consecutive regional. The team is also welcoming Texas Tech and Louisiana Tech. Those two teams will get the tournament started Friday at 2 p.m. in Tiger Park.

All games will be available to stream live on ESPN3, which can be found through WatchESPN and the WATCHESPN app. Matt Schumacker and Leigh Dakich will be on the call for every game of the weekend.

Series Records

Monmouth: First Meeting

Texas Tech: LSU leads 6-0

Louisiana Tech: LSU leads 18-0

“It’s hard to find a team as experienced as ours in this spot. Not only do we have players who have played in the College World Series, but we are also playing a lineup that is full of seniors that have been in this spot. They have a ton of experience and they understand the magnitude of the moment. That’s why it’s good to remind them to play the way we’ve played all year, to not make it bigger than it is and to just play LSU softball,” head coach Beth Torina said in an interview.

LSU is coming into postseason play with 40-16 overall record. The Tigers finished the regular season in a three-way tie for second place in the SEC. The team finished with a 14-10 record in the league and earned seven All-SEC honors. They had 14 wins over Top 25 RPI overall wins in the top 50.

Amanda Sanchez is still leading the squad with a .394 average. Aliyah Andrews is right behind at .383 with 45 stolen bases on the year. In the circle, Shelby Wickersham is 10-2 with a 2.17 ERA, while Maribeth Gorsuch and Shelbi Sunseri are 11-3 and 12-8, respectively.

The MAAC Tournament Champions Monmouth come into tournament play with a 36-16 overall record. Kayla Rosado leads the team with a .378 average and has five home runs. Lindsey Baron leads the team with 12 home runs. Alyssa Irons is the ace in the circle with 30 wins on the year, the second-most in the nation. She has a 1.47 ERA with 225 strikeouts in 257.1 innings of work. Sunseri leads the team in strikeouts with 75.

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