The No.5 Tigers took care of the Warhawks Tuesday with an 8-0 win in a run-rule game.
Sydney Smith was the star of the game, going the distance, striking out four and retiring the final ten batters.
Beth Torina used the ULM game to give starters Sahvanna Jaquish, Bianka Bell and Constance Quinn a night off. Without those big bats in the lineup, the Tiger offense took a while to get going, failing to score a run until the fourth inning despite having at least one runner reach base in each of the first three innings.
In the fourth, LSU exploded for six runs. Alayna Falcon began the scoring with an RBI double to plate Kellsi Kloss and Bailey Landry. The next batter Jenna Kreamer would drive in Amber Serrett and Falcon. Sydney Bourg would conclude the scoring in the inning when her triple scored Kreamer and Emily Griggs. One inning later, Serrett’s double would score Kloss and with the bases loaded Kreamer would single in Sandra Simmons, giving the Tigers the decisive eighth.
Although most of the regulars did not play in this game, it was encouraging to see the Tigers go an entire game without committing an error. It was the first time in the last nine games the Tigers had played error free ball. However, several of the starters from last night probably won’t see much more playing time, at least not altogether, for the rest of the season.
This marks LSU’s tenth straight win. The Tigers have one more non-conference weekend tournament, the LSU Invitational, featuring Memphis, Tennessee Tech, Liberty and Louisiana Tech. That's followed by two games against Longwood and then Alabama the following weekend.