LSU advances at SEC Softball Tournament

A record strikeout performance by Britni Sneed and Kristin Schmidt led the third-ranked Tiger softball team past Florida, 5-0, in the first round of the SEC Tournament late Thursday night at Jim Frost Stadium.

LSU (50-9) won its 50th game for the fifth-straight season and advances to take on fourth-seeded Georgia on Friday at 7 p.m., while Florida falls to 32-34 overall and will play Auburn. Georgia defeated Auburn on Friday afternoon in the first round of the tournament, 4-3.

"Not playing until 9:30 tonight has made this a very long day," said LSU head coach Yvette Girouard. "Our team was more excited and more hyped tonight than I have seen them all season long. That emotion is great, but we have to keep it in check. If we play Tiger softball, we can beat anybody out here, but we've got to control ourselves."

SEC Pitcher of the Year Britni Sneed was brilliant in the circle, going six innings and allowing just two hits to pick up the win and improve to 29-6 on the year. She tied her SEC Tournament record with 11 strikeouts and walked just one.

After an infield single in the first inning, she gave up a double in the fourth inning, the only runner to reach second base in the game.

Kristin Schmidt came on in relief in the seventh to close out the game with LSU leading 5-0. She struck out one as the Tigers tied the SEC Tournament team strikeout record with 12.

The Tigers took advantage of erratic pitching by Florida starter Mandy Schuerman to start the game. With three walks issued in the first four batters to load the bases in the bottom of the first, Trena Peel scored on a wild pitch.

Tessa Lynam then hit an RBI single to left field to score Christy Connor. A sacrifice fly by Julie Wiese down the right field line scored Erin Johnson from third to put LSU up 3-0 after one.

The Tigers added another run in the second. Jennie Reeves got the first base hit for LSU on a single up the middle. She advanced to third on a throwing error by the Gator shortstop Jackie Marchetta.

After Peel walked for the second time in the game, Schuerman was pulled for Amanda Moore. With one out, Reeves scored on a fielder's choice by Christy Connor.

Moore came in and kept LSU in check over the next three innings, allowing just two hits with a walk, while striking out four.

She got in trouble in the sixth with one out. She issued a walk before a single by Reeves put runners on first and second. An error by the Florida   third baseman Jenn Mossadeghi loaded the bases before a fielder's choice by Connor scored Blair Smith.

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