Another weekend another series win for the Tigers. This time, it was a little out-of-conference action on the road against NC State.
Late homer give Wolfpack edge
Things got off to a good start for LSU, with a Ciara Briggs launching a first inning home run to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. From there Shelbi Sunseri took over logging five shutout innings, and would total six strikeout in her appearance. The Wolfpack would only strike once in the game, but it would prove to be the difference. Sunseri was pulled after allowing the first batter to reach, giving way to Ali Kilponen. Unfortunately, Kilponen was unable to secure the game and a few batters in, surrendered a three-run home run which ultimately gave NC State the 3-1 win.
Kilponen bounces back as Tigers win
The second game of the series proved to be a low scoring affair as the Tigers evened up the series with a 2-1 win. As in game one, the Tigers got off to a good start with Briggs scoring on a sac fly. Although Ali Kilponen allowed a run in the first inning, she bounced back by shutting out the Pack for the remainder of the game allowing just two hits and two ones while striking out eight in the process. Unlike the night before, the late inning magic was on the Tigers side as Taylor Pleasants launched a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning to provide the difference in the game.
Bats explode as LSU takes series
In keeping with the trend of the first two games, Briggs scored the first run of the game. It was the first of 13 runs the Tigers would score in a 13-2 victory. Briggs would finish the game going two for three with two RBIs, two walks and two runs scored. Aliyah Andrews also had a great day at the plate going three for three with two walks, three RBIs and two runs scored. Other Tigers to log an RBI included Pleasants, Raeleen Gutierrez, Morgan Cummins, and Danieca Coffey. From the circle, Shelby Wickersham tossed a complete game allowing five hits and two earned while striking out four.
The Tigers are on essentially a bye week, with no scheduled midweek games. The season continues with a three game stand in Lexington against the Wildcats which, when concluded, will end the Tigers current nine-game road trip.