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From left, LSU left fielder Aliyah Andrews (4), centerfielder Emily Griggs (8) and right fielder Claire Weinberger (24) do a pre-inning handshake before the start of the third inning against Purdue, Saturday, March 3, 2018, at LSU's Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

LSU's 14th-ranked softball team opens a five-game homestand with an opponent it surely expects to beat.

The Tigers face off against Northwestern State at 6 p.m. Tuesday. LSU is 27-0 all-time against the Demons, including a 5-2 victory last season.

That said, LSU (32-10) would love to get back on the winning track. The Tigers were swept in a three-game series at No. 10 Tennessee on Friday and Saturday, and they have a tough series coming up this weekend against No. 9 Texas A&M on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Tiger Park.

Cayla Jones leads Northwestern State (24-15) with a .430 batting average and eight home runs, and pitcher Micaela Bouvie is 12-7 with a 2.13 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 111⅔ innings pitched.

Aliyah Andrews batted .455 in the three games against Tennessee to raise her average to .349. Allie Walljasper has a 0.94 ERA.