LSU softball, baseball teams both ranked No. 1
BATON ROUGE - For the first time in school history, LSU's baseball and softball teams are ranked as the best in the nation at the same time.
The USA Today/NFCA Division I poll ranked LSU's softball team (27-1) as No. 1 Tuesday. The softball Tigers defeated top-ranked Florida twice over the weekend at Gainesville to secure their position at the top of the poll, the first time LSU's softball team has done so in its 36-year history. Both teams were undefeated going into the series.
They joined the baseball team at the top of the charts, which had already been ranked as No. 1 by the Baseball America poll and was ranked in the top three among the other major polls. The baseball Tigers (18-2) beat McNeese State last week and had two wins in their series against Ole Miss.
"We have a special group of young women, that truly understand the team concept and have worked hard to accomplish everything they have done so far this season," said head softball coach Beth Torina. "We are honored by the respect we have been shown for our accomplishments to this point; however, we have a clear understanding that there is still a long way to go in the 2015 season."
The softball team also announced pitcher Bianka Bell was named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Co-Player of the Week and the USA Softball Player of the Week Tuesday. It's the first time an LSU player swept both awards in the same week since 2007.
The baseball team faces Southern University Tuesday in Baton Rouge before the Tigers travel to Fayetteville to take on the University of Arkansas this weekend. The softball Tigers host Nicholls in Baton Rouge Tuesday before also hosting No. 6 Oklahoma Friday and Saturday.