LSU softball team continues homestand against Georgia Southern

The LSU softball team continues its 10-game homestand with a Tuesday doubleheader against Georgia Southern at Tiger Park.

First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.

The 13th-ranked Tigers (23-5) have won five straight games and nine of their past 11, highlighted by last weekend’s sweep of No. 17 Kentucky.

“It was a big weekend for us,” LSU coach Beth Torina said. “It meant a lot to our team to have an answer after how we played at Kentucky last year. It’s big. I think, just in the whole scheme of things, with the (schedule) in the SEC to play a quality team like Kentucky and get three wins from them is exciting. I think it will have a lot of impact for our team.”

The Eagles (14-14) have lost their last four with a pair of defeats to Florida State and Minnesota last weekend. Before that, Georgia Southern had won five straight.

Shelby Morrill leads Georgia Southern with a .354 batting average, while Kourtny Thomas has seven of the team’s 18 homers. Tabby Douberley’s 19 RBIs leads the Eagles.

Allie Miles, Sarah Purvis and Brooke Red have logged 187.0 of the team’s 196.2 innings in the circle. Purvis has notched seven of the Georgia Southern’s 14 wins and has secured a staff-high 110 strikeouts over 87.1 innings.

“If we take Georgia Southern lightly, we will end up on the losing end,” Torina said. “They are a 40-win team and a regional program from last year.

“They are well-coached and are a solid program. We are really going to have to show up and be ready to play two tough games.”

The quintet of Bianka Bell, Allison Falcon, Kellsi Kloss, Sandra Simmons and Tammy Wray has combined to blast 18 of LSU’s 22 home runs. They all have double-digit RBIs and have 62 percent of LSU’s RBI output.

The quintet of Bianka Bell, Allison Falcon, Kellsi Kloss, Sandra Simmons and Tammy Wray has combined to blast 18 of LSU’s 22 home runs. They each have driven home double digit RBIs and totaled 62 percent of the squad’s RBI output.

Rikki Alcaraz has hit safely in 11 of her past 12 outings dating back to Feb. 15.

The first game Tuesday will be televised by Cox Sports Television with Lyn Rollins and retired LSU softball coach Yvette Girouard calling the action.

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Both games will be broadcast by the LSU Sports Radio Network on KYPY-FM, 104.9 with Patrick Wright and Kent Lowe on the call.