LSU softball to have a non-conference weekend in Purple and Gold Challenge

LSU softball to have a non-conference weekend in Purple and Gold Challenge
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LSU softball takes a break from Southeastern Conference play this weekend to face three unranked opponents in the Purple and Gold Challenge at Tiger Park.

The action begins with No. 14 LSU playing BYU at 6 p.m. Thursday. The Tigers play at 4 p.m. Friday vs. North Carolina State and at 7 p.m. against BYU. On Saturday, LSU plays Louisiana Tech at 4 p.m., and the weekend wraps up Sunday with a noon game against North Carolina State.

The Tigers (26-6) are coming off a good weekend, taking two of three games from Ole Miss behind the pitching of freshman Sydney Berzon, who was named SEC freshman of the week. Berzon pitched back-to-back complete game victories, including a three-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts. She raised her record to 9-2 and lowered her ERA to 1.49. Opposing batters are hitting .213 against her.

Senior Ali Kilponen has an 8-3 record with a 2.02 ERA and a team-best 74 strikeouts in 76⅓ innings.

LSU has All-American shortstop Taylor Pleasants back in the lineup after she missed four games with an injury. She went hitless in three at-bats against Ole Miss but has a .349 average with eight homers and 36 RBIs. The latter two figures lead the team.

Third baseman and leadoff hitter Danieca Coffey continues to set the pace at the plate for LSU with a .431 batting average on a team-best 47 hits. Her on-base percentage is .504. Center fielder Ciara Briggs is next with a .365 average and six stolen bases.

The game with Louisiana Tech (19-12) is a rematch of a Feb. 21 meeting in Ruston, won by LSU 3-1. The Bulldogs have lost four of their last six. Center fielder and leadoff hitter Sierra Sacco tops the Bulldogs with a .325 batting average and a .495 on-base percentage with 22 steals in 23 attempts. Right fielder Kylie Neel is hitting .330.

Mary Martinez is Tech’s top pitcher with a 7-2 record and 1.38 ERA with three saves. Allie Floyd is 2-4 with a 1.72 ERA.

BYU (15-7) has won four consecutive games. Catcher Halley Morrow leads the offense with a .354 batting average and has four home runs and 19 RBIs. First baseman Huntyr Ava is hitting .340 and leads the team with six home runs while knocking in 18 runs.

In the circle, Kaysen Korth (9-2, 3.19 ERA) has six complete games with 96 strikeouts in 68 innings. Chloe Temple is 3-4 with a 3.85 ERA.

North Carolina State (11-20) is coming off getting swept at Louisville. Catcher Rebecca Murray leads the Wolfpack with a .284 average and has four home runs with 11 RBIs. Center fielder Amanda Hasler is batting .261 and leads the team with seven homers and 20 RBIs.

North Carolina State’s top pitcher is Madison Inscoe, who is 7-6 with a 3.94 ERA.


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