CLEARWATER, FL (WAFB) - The No. 7 LSU softball team suffered its first loss of the season, falling 8-5 to No. 19 Oregon on Friday in the inaugural St. Pete-Clearwater Elite Invitational, but then in their second game of the day, the Tigers rebounded in a 7-1 win over No. 12 Texas.
LSU is now 8-1 on the season.
Shelbi Sunseri hit her sixth home run of the year and it couldn’t have come at a better time. tying up the game 4-4. The Ducks were up 4-2 and Sunseri’s two-run shot to left field tied the game, 4-4.
Oregon scored three more runs in the top of the seventh inning on a home run. LSU managed another run in the bottom of the inning, but it wasn’t enough to pull out the win.
LSU jumped out to an early lead off an Amanda Sanchez two-run homer in the first inning. The Tigers then scored two more runs in the third inning to go up 4-0. Shemiah Sanchez hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning for a 7-0 lead.
Shelby Wickersham picked up the win on 5.1 innings of work. Maribeth Gorsuch stepped into the circle for the final two innings to secure the 7-1 win. Wickersham is now 3-0 on the year.