Softball continues SEC week with Mississippi St.

 Softball continues SEC week with Mississippi St.
Photo by Steve Franz, LSU Athletics Staff Photographer
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POSTED: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 3:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 3:34pm

The LSU softball team finishes its opening week of SEC play and welcomes Mississippi State to Tiger Park for a three-game weekend series. Games times are Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

All three games will have live audio and live stats inside the Geaux Zone on LSUsports.net. The game also will be carried live Country Legends 104.9 FM in the Baton Rouge area with Patrick Wright and Kent Low set to call the action. Saturday's tilt will have live video in the Geaux Zone.

A full weekend of events and promotions are scheduled starting with Friday's opener being Teacher Appreciation Night at the ballpark. The Tigers will recognize some of their favorite faculty members pregame, while the team's academic advisor Carole Walker will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

LSU will honor 18 former Alumnae leading into Saturday's middle game. The first 1,000 fans will receive a LSU drawstring bag and green K cards.

LSU (16-8, 1-1 SEC) is coming off a mid-week split Wednesday versus No. 20 Auburn, while Mississippi State (17-9, 3-4 SEC) swept its mid-week contests at South Carolina.

The Bulldogs are led by Brittany Bell's .462 batting average with 14 of her team-leading 30 hits going for extra bases. Jessica Cooley has compiled a .319 hitting clip and smacked a team-best nine home runs to go along with 24 RBIs.

A pair of southpaws, Stephanie Becker and Kylie Vry, has combined for 14 of the team's 17 wins in the circle. Becker has gone 9-3 with a 1.97 ERA and notched 77 strikeouts in her 85.1 innings of work.

"Mississippi State has already played a bunch of SEC games, and it's going to be another challenge for our team" head coach Beth Torina said. "They have been having a great year and have a really good offense from what we've seen. Hopefully, our pitching is good enough to hold any offense in the conference."

Juliana Santos pushed her hitting streak to four games with a 4-for-5 performance during Wednesday's doubleheader versus Auburn. For the season, Santos has tallied a .327 batting average and notched nine RBIs from the clean-up spot in the lineup.

Ashley Langoni, reigning LSWA Hitter of the Week, continued her hot stretch and boosted her hitting clip to a team-best .333 ratio. She has ripped three home runs and 17 RBIs. Her next round tripper will allow her to take sole possession of seventh place on the program's all-time list.

A.J. Andrews has registered multi-hit performances and scored runs in three of her last five outings. She also has totaled a team-high five stolen bases. 

Rachele Fico and Brittany Mack will carry matching 7-4 marks into the weekend. Fico's 0.67 ERA is the second-lowest mark in the SEC, while Mack has won her last four outings and is two strikeouts away from passing Cody Trahan for the No. 5 spot on the career strikeout list.

Meghan Patterson is 2-0 and racked up 32 strikeouts in her 23.1 innings of work. She has won both of her starts and hasn't been touched up for a run in her last 17 frames of action.

Fans also can follow every pitch of LSU softball this season via live in-game updates on LSU softball's social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball and @lsu_softball on Twitter.

As part of Brittany Mack's "Geaux Play" initiative, LSU softball is encouraging fans to share the gift of sports with special needs children. Fans can donate new or gently used sports equipment during the remaining LSU softball home games at Tiger Park. For more information, visit LSUsports.net/geauxplay.

All items collected will be given directly to the Miracle League Association and six local schools that Mack will visit during the season. At LSU's series finale versus Ole Miss on April 22, Mack will invite all the children to the game as her special VIP guests for "Geaux Play" day at Tiger Park.

The Tiger Park Ticket Booth will open 90 minutes prior to first pitch each day. Fans can purchase tickets on-site starting at $5 for adult general admission and $3 for youth ages 3-12. Tickets also are available online at www.LSUtix.net.

Season ticket holders will have their tickets scanned upon entrance to Tiger Park. The LSU Athletics Ticket Office urges season ticket holders to be cautious when separating their bar-coded tickets. The barcode must be attached to the ticket when arriving at the gate. If the barcode detaches, season ticket holders must stop by the LSU Athletics Ticket Office on the first floor of the Athletics/Administration Building for a reprint of their tickets.


 

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