LSU opened its College World Series campaign with a dominant 6-1 win over Auburn on Thursday.
The pitching and offense, which came alive during the Super Regional victory over Arizona, was present in the victory over Auburn.
In the circle, Carly Hoover, threw a complete game allowing just one earned on six hits while striking out five.
The Tiger offense struck early with a Bianka Bell solo home run to give LSU a lead in the top of the first.
In the fourth, LSU would widen the lead on a two run double from Savannah Jaquish which plated Bianca Bell and Bailey Landry. The very next batter, Kellsi Kloss would hit a two run homer putting the Tigers up a commanding 5-0.
After Auburn scored its run in the bottom of the fifth, LSU would regain the run when Constance Quinn scored off an Auburn error.
Although Auburn put a runner on in five of the seven innings played, Hoover was able to remain poised and limit the damage. The included the bottom of the seventh inning when, with two on and no outs, Hoover induced a double play and strikeout to end the game.
Although LSU didn’t enter the postseason on a hot note, the team seems to have found its stride after grinding out the Regional and then cruising through the Super Regional, signs of the team which at one point was ranked first in the country, are beginning to reemerge.
How long LSU can sustain its high level of play will be put to the test tomorrow when LSU faces number one seeded Florida, which had its own impressive 7-2 victory over Tennessee. As noted previously, the lone series Florida lost during the regular season in Gainesville in which LSU feasted off arguably the top pitching staff in the series.
No. 1 Florida vs. No.5 LSU – Friday May 29th, 6 PM, ESPN