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Softball tops USM 4-1

Big games from Sunseri, Andrews

Gus Stark /

LSU got back on the winning track Tuesday night with a 4-1 victory over the University of Souther Mississippi.

The Tiger offense got going early when Amanda Doyle drove in Aliyah Andrews on a fielder’s choice. An inning later, Shelbi Sunseri hit her first home run as a Tiger, a solo shot. In the third, Doyle would single in Andrews, for her second RBI of the evening. The final Tiger run would come when a Claire Weinberger single scored Sunseri, who had tripled to open the inning.

Maribeth Gorsuch got the start in the circle and had few problems through her outing. The sophomore hurler would allow six hits, one run, and a walk, while striking out six in her seven innings of work. After some inconsistencies to start the season, Gorsuch has emerged as a solid pitching option for the Tigers, having allowed no more than three earned runs in her last six outings, providing much needed relief for Allie Walljasper and Carley Hoover.

Offensively, Shelbi Sunseri is showing signs that she could be the extra bat LSU needs in the lineup. At worst, it gives Beth Torina some options out of the DP spot, especially given the struggles of Sydney Springfield. Michaela Schlattman also continues to be valuable out of the cleanup spot, picking up two hits in Tuesday’s game.

Tigers are back on the road Friday, with three games at Missouri.