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Taylor Pleasants Named SEC Newcomer of the Year

Aliyah Andrews, Ciara Briggs, and Shelbi Sunseri also honored by the conference

The LSU softball program had four players recognized on end of the year awards by the SEC headlined by Taylor Pleasants being named the conference’s newcomer of the year.

Pleasants has started all 49 games for LSU at shortstop, leading the Tigers in both home runs (11) and RBIs (47). She has tallied the most bases for LSU with 94 and is second on the team in batting average at .327. Pleasants also made the All-SEC first team.

Joining Pleasants on the first team is outfielder Aliyah Andrews who leads LSU in batting at .368. Her blazing speed in the outfield and excellent glove work also landed her on the conference’s All-Defensive team.

Shelbi Sunseri has pulled double duty for LSU as both a pitcher and batter and her efforts were rewarded with a selection to the All-Defensive team. At the plate Sunseri bats .206 with six home runs and 20 RBIs, while in the circle she’s gone 8-6 with a 2.09 ERA. In 100 innings of work she has 73 strikeouts versus 27 walks.

Ciara Briggs was the fourth and final Tiger to be recognized by the SEC, joining Pleasants on the newcomer team. Briggs has started all 49 games in the outfield and is third on the team in batting average (.326) and fourth in on base percentage (.382).