The Tigers defeated the Warhawks 9-1 Tuesday night via the run rule and a solid outing from Maribeth Gorsuch.
Gorsuch pitched a complete game, allowing a run on three hits and two walks with one strikeout. The game didn’t start out well for Gorsuch, throwing two illegal pitches in the first inning leading to the lone ULM run. A walk and a fielding error setup ULM for a big inning, but Gorsuch induced two ground ball outs to end the threat. An inning later, with two on and one out, Gorsuch again got two ground ball outs to escape the jam. For the rest of the game Gorsuch was in command and controlled the ULM lineup.
Although Gorsuch’s totals don’t look impressive, she has improved to the point where Beth Torina trusts her in the occasional start, giving valuable rest to the other three LSU pitchers.
LSU’s offense got going early with an Allie Walljasper sac fly tying the game at one. One batter later, a Connie Quinn double scored two and an Amber Serrett triple scored Quinn, giving LSU a commanding three run lead at the end of an inning.
The Tigers put the game away in the fifth with a two-out rally beginning with a Taylor Satchell single that scored Sydney Loupe. That was followed by an Aliyah Andrews RBI single, then back-to-back walks by Emily Griggs and Bailey Landry forcing the run-rule in effect.
While the Tiger lineup as a whole posted good numbers, the bottom of the lineup in particular had a strong game. Serrett, Satchell and Andrews combined to go 4-of-9 with each player recording an RBI and a run. The top of the lineup also did its part with Griggs, Landry and Sahvanna Jaquish going 3-for-8 with three runs scored.
The homestand continues Friday with Mississippi State coming to Tiger Park for three games.