Hot hitting Wiese named SEC player of the Week

After hitting .529 with three doubles and four home runs, Julie Wiese was named the Southeastern Conference Hitter of the Week as the 11th-ranked LSU softball team prepares to host Arkansas in a three-game series at Tiger Park beginning on Tuesday with a doubleheader at 5:30 p.m.

The Tigers (38-11, 14-6 SEC) are currently riding a season-best 12-game winning streak after sweeping Ole Miss last weekend and moved into third place in the league standings behind Eastern Division and overall leader Georgia and Western Division leader Alabama.

After winning their three-game series over Mississippi State last weekend, the Lady'Backs enter this series at 22-30 overall and 6-18 in league play. Taking 2-of-3 at Mississippi State broke a streak of nine-consecutive SEC losses for Arkansas, which was swept at Tennessee and by nationally ranked Georgia and South Carolina at home.

"We will have our hands full this week," said LSU head coach
Yvette Girouard. "Arkansas is playing much better as of late. They played extremely well against Mississippi State. We will have to remain as effective at the plate and in the circle as we have been recently in order to be successful."

The three-game series with the Lady'Backs is the final home conference series for the Tigers. LSU will take on Auburn and Florida on the road to close out SEC play before the conference tournament in Plant City, Fla. in May. The Tigers' final home game is a non-conference rematch with Southern Miss on April 29 at 6:30 p.m. for Senior Night.

"This is our last SEC series at home," said Girouard. "We hope the crowd will continue to come out and support us and be as positive as they have been over the last several weeks."

In five games last week, Wiese went 9-for-17 from the plate with four home runs, three doubles, eight RBIs and eight runs scored for a 1.412 slugging percentage. Knocking two home runs in a 7-0 win over Southeastern Louisiana, she tied the school record for home runs in a game for the second time this season.

Aided by her outstanding week, she moved into third place in career home runs at LSU, one shy of second place and is tied for seventh in single-season doubles and stands eighth in single-season home runs. In addition, the junior third baseman from Baton Rouge is currently riding a team-best seven-game hitting streak. During the streak, she is 12-for-23 (.522) and has improved her overall season average to .289 with a team-best .578 slugging percentage.

The three-game series with Arkansas will conclude with a single game on Wednesday beginning at 1 p.m. at Tiger Park. Fans are encouraged to remain after the game for the PowerAde Home Run Derby featuring various student-athletes and members of the athletic department.

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