LSU softball coach Beth Torina is thankful the Southeastern Conference Softball tournament is being played somewhere other than College Station, Texas.
That’s where No. 13 LSU last faced No. 17 Texas A&M, its first-round opponent at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Starkville, Mississippi. The Aggies took two of three games in a mid-March series, sending Torina’s squad on a 2-8 skid over their next 10 league contests.
“I remember it’s tough to play them in their park, tough to play them at home. It’s a smaller park; they swing big,” Torina said Sunday. “So we’ll go in with a different plan of attacking them on the mound and defensively.”
The winner of Wednesday’s game will advance to face second-seeded Kentucky, which held the Tigers (42-14, 13-11 SEC) scoreless in a sweep April 9-11.
LSU learned it remained the seventh seed in the SEC tournament following its dramatic 5-4, extra-innings victory against No. 11 Washington on Sunday. The Tigers would have moved up only one spot had Missouri lost to South Carolina, and the results of two other conference games swayed the tiebreaker with Missouri in their favor.
Though she didn’t pitch against 10th-seeded Texas A&M (37-17, 9-15 SEC) earlier this season, one thing about the Aggies stuck out to freshman Sydney Smith.
“They can hit,” she said.
The Aggies pounded out 16 runs on 20 hits against Tigers sophomores Carley Hoover and Allie Walljasper. Texas A&M’s home stadium and Mississippi State’s Nusz Park are both 220 feet in deep center field, though the latter is 10 feet farther down the foul lines.
“Glad to be playing them somewhere other than their home park,” Torina said.
Though LSU won’t learn its postseason fate until the NCAA Selection Show at 9 p.m. May 15, season-ticket holders can request tickets for potential national tournament games that may take place at Tiger Park.
Fans can request regional tickets until May 16 and super regional tickets until May 23 by visiting LSUtix.net or calling the LSU Ticket Office. A complete booklet of regional tickets begin at $20, while a full session of tickets for a super regional is priced at $15.
Public sale for single-game and all-session tickets will start once the deadlines for season-ticket holders have passed.
LSU celebrated its senior class — five players, one student athletic trainer and one student manager — across both days of its final regular-season series this weekend.
Catcher Kellsi Kloss, infielder Jenna Kreamer, outfielder Alayna Falcon and student manager Lance McMahon were honored before the Tigers’ doubleheader Saturday.
On Sunday, LSU recognized infielders Sandra Simmons and Bianka Bell and student athletic trainer Lacy Simoneaux, who received ceremonial first pitches from their mothers.