The sixth-ranked Tigers shutout Longwood in both games of a Tuesday doubleheader, winning the first game 4-0 and the second game 1-0.
In the first game Sydney Smith pitched the complete game, striking out eight surrendering five hits and walking one.
LSU’s offense came from the bottom half of the lineup with Amber Serrett, Bailey Landry and Kellsi Kloss, the five-six-seven hitters, each logging an RBI.
The second game saw Baylee Corbello go 6.2 innings and allowing three hits, two walks and striking out 11. At one point, she had retired 10 consecutive Longwood batters. When Corbello surrendered a two out double in the top of the seventh, Beth Torina opted to use Carley Hoover who induced an out on two pitches to secure the second game.
Bianka Bell was the offense for the Tigers with her RBI double in the fifth inning, scoring Constance Quinn.
Despite having most of the regulars in the lineup for both games the Tigers offense was noticeably quiet -- the two games saw LSU combine for just ten hits and ten walks with 16 total runners left on base. Concerning totals against a 9-7 team out of the Big South. And the defense was again a concern with Sandra Simmons committing an error in the first game and Sydney Bourg committing one in the second.
Torina did not provide any new updates on the health of Allie Walljasper, only saying she would be evaluated before the weekend series.
Earlier in the week, the Louisiana Sports Writers Association honored Serrett as co-hitter of the week, after she hit .750 average over the previous six game. Hoover was named pitcher of the week due to her three outstanding appearances in the LSU Invitational.
Ultimately, these were not must wins games but it was good to see the Tigers add to their win totals. Perhaps there was a look ahead factor, with No. 4 Alabama coming to Tiger Park this weekend.