It was another successful weekend for Beth Torina and the Tiger softball team, with LSU taking two out of three from Texas A&M anchored by three strong pitching performances
Bats remain quiet in loss
LSU dropped the opener of the series 2-1 to the Aggies. Shelby Wickersham got the start and allowed one earned on three walks, three hits, striking out four. She was relieved by Ali Kilponen who allowed another run in her three innings of work. Down 2-0 entering the bottom of the sixth, the Tigers appeared to be rallying when Amanda Doyle singled in Aliyah Andrews. An inning later the Tigers were unable to capitalize with two on and one out, eventually leaving the tying run on third base and giving the game to the Aggies.
Two way effort from Sunseri gets Tigers in the series
Shelbi Sunseri did it all for LSU in game two. From the circle, she pitched a complete game striking out eight. At the plate she opened the Tiger scoring with a two-run home run in the first and later drew a walk. The Tigers also got offense from a Ciarra Briggs RBI single and a two run double from Doyle as LSU cruised to a 6-1 win.
Four-run fifth gives Tigers series win.
For a while it looked like the Tigers were going to be wasting an outstanding outing from Kilponen. Entering the fifth the sophomore hurler had held the Aggies to just one run. Fortunately for the Tigers, the Aggies defense had a meltdown. LSU’s scoring started with an Andrews RBI single. With Taylor Pleasants at the plate, a passed ball allowed Cait Calland to score from third. Pleasants would walk, Doyle would foul out and Sunseri would walk to load the bases. With Georgia Clark at the plate, in what would end up being a ten pitch at bat, another Aggie passed ball allowed Andrews to score, combined with a throwing error by Aggie catcher Haley Lee allowing Pleasants to score. For her work from the circle, Kilponen would finish the game with eight strikeouts.
Starting today the Tigers have one of their biggest tests of the season with three games against No. 5 Florida in Gainesville. Saturday’s game at 4:00 P.M. CT will air on ESPN, the other games in the series will be on SECN+.