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Pitching, Power get Softball to Regional Championship Game

10-3 win has Tigers poised to advance on Sunday

Shelbi Sunseri continued her hot play both from the circle and at the plate, as the Tigers topped ULL 10-3, and enter Sunday one win away from advancing to the Super Regional.

After holding McNeese to two runs over seven innings, Sunseri posted a similar line against the Cajuns with three runs allowed over seven innings while striking out four. From the plate she went three for four including an RBI double and a solo home run.

In spite of the wide margin of victory, it was ULL who scored the first run of the game. The Tigers would quickly respond when Amanda Doyle, who kicked off the Tiger scoring the night before, launched an RBI double that plated Aliyah Andrews and Ciarra Briggs. Two batters later, Raeleen Gutierrez crushed a three-run home run to right field, putting the Tigers up 5-1 after one. Doyle would finish the day three for five with two runs scored.

ULL would chip back with a run the following inning, but the Tigers would then respond right back with Sunseri helping her own cause hitting a two-run RBI double.

LSU would tack on one in the fourth with Morgan Cummins scoring Gutierrez on an RBI single.

The game would be put away for good in the sixth inning when Sunseri launched a home run to dead center. Briggs would add an RBI single giving the Tigers double-digit runs for the second straight game.

The Tigers got a ton of output for from the 6-7-8 hitters who combined to go 8-of-12 with seven RBI. Gutierrez alone went three-for-four with three runs scored. The freshman first baseman flashed some leather, making a tough play at first in the sixth inning when ULL was threatening with two on and two out. Andrews and Briggs each had three hits with Andrews scoring twice and Briggs once.

Heading into the potential final game of the regional LSU should feel supremely confident. The production offensively has been distributed across the lineup while Sunseri has anchored a Tiger pitching staff that has not been forced to use any other hurlers.

LSU will play Sunday at 1 P.M. and with a win can lay claim to the Baton Rouge Regional. If LSU drops that game, they will play a game seven, tentatively scheduled for 3:30 PM.