Sydney Smith came within an out of a no-hitter, as the No.7 Tigers earned a 2-0 victory over Nicholls State, Tuesday night in Tiger Park.
After a weekend where the Tigers pitching struggled, it was not one of the veteran hurlers, but the freshman Smith who struck out four and walked two in her performance against the Colonels. With two outs in the seventh, a dribbler went just in front of the catcher and was beaten out for the first hit of the game. Even prior to this start, Smith has been outstanding as a rookie, with her .71 ERA entering Tuesday ranking second in the SEC.
The Tiger offense was limited to just two runs and four hits against Nicholls State. Bailey Landry and Amber Serrett split the four hits, collecting two each. LSU’s runs came on a run scoring error in the first and a Landry RBI single in the second. LSU’s lack of offense wasn’t due to a strong outing from the Colonel’s pitching staff. The Tigers had a runner reach in every inning but left seven on base and failed to capitalize with runners on first and second with one out in the third inning.
This isn’t the first time the Tigers have had an underwhelming offensive performance in a Tuesday game, and expecting another 30-run outburst like last week would be unfair. Though considering the struggles this past weekend and Florida looming, Tuesday’s performance does not provide a ton of confidence entering the weekend.
After Last weekend's series loss at A&M, LSU took a tumble in the latest coaches poll, falling to seventh. Now it’s two days off before the No.1 Gators come to Baton Rouge for three games.