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BATON ROUGE, LA - Backed by one of its trademark big innings, the LSU softball team produced six runs in the bottom of the fourth to break the scoreless draw before plating two more in the bottom of the fifth to earn an 8-0 win over the visiting ULM Warhawks in five innings Tuesday night in Baton Rouge.
Nearly halfway through four innings with very little offense, the Tigers (14-2) earned its tenth-straight win by driving in those six runs on four hits in the fourth to race out to an early lead, batting around in the frame, eventually going through four ULM (11-5) pitchers before getting the final two runs they needed in the very next inning to earn the team’s eighth run-rule victory of the season.
"I think Coach Dobson is always working on a having an offensive plan with them. He is always making adjustments. The adjustment he made there worked," head coach Beth Torina said. "It was also the second time through our lineup. A second look at their pitcher is always nice for us. We are always going to be better that second time through."
The middle and bottom of the order were the big run producers on the night, as LSU pounded out all of its runs on eight hits, led by Amber Serrett and Jenna Kreamer who each had two hits. Serrett had two doubles with an RBI and run scored, while Kreamer drove in two with a run scored.
Alayna Falcon got the scoring going as she went 1-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored, while Sydney Bourg drove in two on her only hit of the game which was a triple for her first extra-base hit of the season. Kellsi Kloss scored twice and had a hit, while Sandra Simmons had a hit and a run scored.
"The bases were loaded. I felt a little bit of pressure, but I thrive in those pressure situations," Falcon said. "I took advantage of the pitch she threw me and got a double."
Commanding the circle as the team was getting rolling was freshman Sydney Smith (3-0) who earned her second shutout of the season by holding the Warhawks to two hits with four strikeouts and no walks. Smith tossed just 68 pitches in the victory, retiring 10 consecutive batters, including retiring the side in the final three innings of the contest.