LSU wins fourth straight SEC Softball title

Another stellar outing from senior pitcher Britni Sneed gave LSU its fourth straight Southeastern Conference softball title. The Tigers got 13 strikeouts Thursday afternoon from their ace in a 5-0 win over Auburn at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge.

LSU (47-9, 25-4 SEC) took the final game of its series with Auburn (34-23, 12-15 SEC) after splitting a doubleheader with the visiting Tigers on Wednesday. The win gives LSU the top seed in the SEC Tournament next week in Chattanooga, Tenn., with one more weekend remaining in the regular season.

"We got the job done today with our backs against the wall," said LSU head coach Yvette Girouard. "We were not going to let anyone come in and take away the championship on our home field.

"This team has been under a lot of pressure this season to reach some very high expectations and at times we have stumbled under that pressure, but today we fought through it and won SEC Championship. Winning four straight titles just goes to show that LSU softball is awesome."

Sneed recorded her 20th shutout of the season, giving up four hits while increasing her career strikeout total to 1,277 - the sixth best mark in NCAA history just three behind the fifth place total.

LSU scored all the runs it would need in the bottom of the first inning. Trena Peel scored first after leading off with a single, advancing to second on a wild pitch. After April Janzen walked, Peel advanced to third on an illegal pitch and scored on a groundout by Erin Johnson. Tessa Lynam singled to left field to score Janzen from third and give LSU the 2-0 lead.

Auburn threatened in the top of the second inning with one out, putting runners at the corners. But before the visitors could capitalize on the opportunity, Sneed struck out the next two batters to end the threat.

LSU added a run in the third inning with an RBI double from Lynam and posted single runs in the each in the fifth and sixth.

In the fifth, Johnson drove a double to right centerfield that put LSU runners at second and third. Julie Wiese and Jennie Reeves walked to score pinch runner Jessica Braggins and give the Tigers the 4-0 lead.

Sara Fitzgerald plated the final LSU run in the sixth with an RBI double to left center.
Auburn was held to two singles past the second inning and was failed to put another runner in scoring position. Sneed retired the final nine batters of the game to improve her season record to 27-6.

LSU finishes the regular season Saturday with a non-conference doubleheader against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The five Tiger seniors will be honored before game one which begins at 2 p.m.

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