Southeastern is ready for the Southland Conference tournament.
The Lady Lions (21-28) are the No. 4 seed in the tournament, which gets underway Wednesday at Lady Demon Diamond on the Northwestern State campus in Natchitoches.
Southeastern will face fifth-seed Lamar (24-26) to open the double-elimination tournament. The championship game is at 2 p.m. Friday with the winner earning a spot in the NCAA tournament.
Southeastern is making its sixth Southland Conference tournament appearance. The Lady Lions previously made trips in 1998, 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2013 and are looking for their first tournament championship. SLU’s seeding matches the highest in school history, as it was also the fourth seed in 2001 and 2002.
SLU finished the regular season with a .302 team batting average, ranking second in the Southland. The lineup is highlighted by five All-Southland players — junior outfielder Katie Lacour, senior third baseman Megan Moore, junior designated player Amber Sather, freshman shortstop Sydney Booker and freshman outfielder Kinsey Nichols.
Lacour leads the Southland and ranks sixth in the nation with a .477 batting average.
Nichols (.366), Booker (.350) and Moore (.322) are the other top hitters for average. Sather leads the league and ranks 12th nationally with a single-season school record 40 walks.
Booker, one of 25 NFCA National Freshman of the Year finalists, and Sather share the team lead with seven homers.
Booker also leads the team with a single-season school record eight triples and 46 RBIs. She and Moore share the team lead with nine doubles, while Nichols is second on the team and eighth in the country with seven triples.
Lacour is the school career record holder with 96 runs scored, while Sather has drawn a program career standard bearer with 106 walks. Lacour needs one run to set a new single-season school record and two hits shy of the school’s career record. Booker is three extra-base hits and four RBI shy of setting new single-season school records, while Moore is eight RBI short of the school’s career record.