After getting swept by Florida two weekends ago, the Tigers got back on a winning track and now sit in fourth place in the SEC standing entering their fifth conference series of the year.
Clark walk off gives Tiger’s edge in pitchers’ duel.
Georgia Clark provided the only offense for the Tigers with an RBI single in the bottom of the 8th inning as the Tigers beat Ole Miss 1-0. What got LSU to this point was a dominant performance by Shelbi Sunseri from the circle who threw all eight innings striking out five and allowing four hits and four walks. Clark, Taylor Pleasants and Danieca Coffey each had two hits in the game. Alyiah Andrews had the games only run.
Late Pleasants homer propels Tigers to series win
In another instance of the Tigers winning late, Pleasants hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning in what proved to be the difference in LSU’s 3-2 victory. The Tigers got out to a 2-0 lead after three thanks to a Raeleen Gutierrez sac fly in the second and a Pleasants RBI single in third. However, the Rebels answered with two runs off of starter Shelby Wickersham. Wickersham would be pulled after 3.1 allowing two earned on five hits, two walks with three strikeouts. Ali Kilponen would come on in relief and toss 3.2 innings not allowing a run and striking out five.
Ole Miss wins finale 9-4
It was not a great game for the Tigers in any aspect in the series. Offensively, the Tigers managed just four runs on ten hits and three walks. LSU got offense thanks to RBIs from Gutierrez, Andrews, and Ciarra Briggs. From the circle, Maribeth Gorsuch allowed three runs in just four innings of work. Sunseri, who relieved Gorsuch allowed five unearned runs in her 3.2 innings of work. Which brings us to the third failure of the day: The defense. LSU’s defense has not been a standout this season, and today it proved quiet costly resulting in five unearned runs.
Tigers grind for win against LA Tech
It wasn’t pretty but the Tigers got back on track with a 6-4 win over LA Tech. After a Pleasants RBI in the first inning, Tech responded with three runs to put them ahead entering the third. The Tigers would fight back with two runs in the third inning thanks to a Coffey RBI single, and then now down 4-3 in the sixth, a two-run triple from Andrews and an RBI double by Coffey. LSU needed three pitchers to take the victory. Starter Gorsuch lasted just an inning and two thirds. Shelby Wickersham contributed two and two thirds innings of work, and Kilponen closed it out with 2.2 shutout innings to go along with four strikeouts.
LSU will not be seeing the friendly stands of Tiger Park for a bit, as they begin a 10-game road trip starting with Missouri this weekend.