LSU softball remains in Top 10; Dodson named to USA coaching staff
After a 4-1 weekend in the LSU invitational, the LSU softball team remains in the Top 10 of both national polls this week, checking in at No. 10 in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Coaches Poll and No. 9 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.
LSU has been ranked every week since the end of the 2014 season.The Tigers earned a total of 501 points in the NFCA poll. In the ESPN/USA Softball poll, the Tigers picked up 344 points.
The Tigers picked up victories over Michigan, CSUN and Memphis last weekend. Shelbi Sunseri picked up two victories in the circle and also contributed at the plate, hitting .500 and tallying six RBI, 14 total bases and two home runs.
Freshmen Shelby Wickersham and Ali Kilponen both tossed shutout victories. Wickersham shutout and faced the minimum number of batters against Michigan, while Kilponen recorded her second win on the year, a five-inning shutout over CSUN.
Aliyah Andrews led the Tigers at the plate with a .538 batting average. She tallied seven hits and five stolen bases. She now has 13 stolen bases on the season.
Dodson named to USA
Softball WNT coaching staff
LSU softball assistant coach Howard Dobson has been named as an assistant coach for the 2019 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT).
Selected from the USA Softball WNT Coaching Pool, they will join Head Coach Ken Eriksen (Tampa, Fla./Head Coach at South Florida) in leading the WNT in their continued preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with select tour stops and international competitions in the 2019 season.
Dobson is making his eighth appearance as an Assistant Coach for the WNT program after serving on the coaching staff since 2012. In his tenure with USA Softball, Dobson has contributed to two WBSC World Championship Gold Medal finishes and one Silver Medal in addition to a Silver Medal at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.
Dobson has been with LSU since 2011. Since taking the reins of the Tiger offense, Dobson has helped produce some of the most prolific hitting teams in program history. He coached four-time All-American Sahvannah Jaquish, who will also be a member of the 2019 USA Softball WNT. Jaquish was announced a member of the squad in early January.