Smith's perfect game headlines LSU softball's sweep on Friday

Smith's perfect game headlines LSU softball's sweep on Friday

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BATON ROUGE, La. – After seeing her team plate the most runs in a game in her LSU tenure just an hour or so earlier, head coach Beth Torina was treated to another first as freshman pitcher Sydney Smith tossed the fourth perfect game in program history as the Tigers defeated the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles 8-0 in five innings Friday to cap a sweep of action on Friday at the LSU Invitational.

Pushing the team's win to 12 in the process, Smith (4-0) struck out six and needed just 54 pitches over the course of the contest to become the first pitcher since Rachele Fico in 2011 to earn a perfect game, and just the third to do it individually. All four perfect games in program history have come in five innings, with Tiffany Garcia having one in 2006 and Britni Sneed and Sarah Meadors combining for the first in 2001.

"Honestly I didn't even know until the end of the game. I was really just focused on hitting my spots, working with coach and knowing my team had my back," Smith said.

In the second of another efficiently offensive display of the night, LSU (16-2) pumped out all eight runs on 13 hits, with five going for extra bases. Eight LSU players earned hits in the win, led by Emily Griggs who finished the contest going 3-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and run scored. Griggs also produced the game-winning hit to end the game in five via run-rule.

"I thought it was a great day. Honestly I thought it was some of our best softball we've played all year," Torina said. "I think the offense was rolling with all of the runs scored and I also thought the defense was spectacular."

Griggs was one of four Tigers to earn multiple hits, as Sahvanna Jaquish went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs, followed by Constance Quinn who was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Amber Serrett was 2-for-3 in the game with a double and run scored, as she finished the overall day with five total hits.

"I think that we all complement each other really well. We all have different strengths and because of that it could be anyone's day," Jaquish said. "I think that's very difficult for teams to adjust to. I feel our lineup covers a complete spectrum of hitting given the different types of pitchers we can see."

Hannah Weaver (1-2) suffered the loss for Tennessee Tech, allowing all eight runs and 13 hits, walking three and striking out none.

Quinn earned a walk on five pitches to open the LSU first, with Griggs laying down a sacrifice bunt to advance her to second. After a grounder to third put two outs on the board, Jaquish doubled to left center to put the Tigers on the board 1-0.

In the very next frame, Landry singled to left, as after a fly out to right, Sydney Bourg tripled to right center while Simmons hit a shot to the Tiger eye in dead center to plate Bourg to make it 3-0. After advancing two bases after wild pitches, Quinn singled to the shortstop to score Simmons to make it 4-0, with Griggs earning a double to left center to put two on. Bell earned an infield single to plate a run to make it 5-0.

Griggs earned a one-out double to left to reach, moving to third after a wild pitch. After an infield pop-up, Jaquish singled to left field to put the Tigers up 6-0.

After a ground out, Serrett roped a double to left in the bottom of the fifth inning and advanced to third after an infield out. Simmons drew a walk to put runners at the corners, with Akiya Thymes coming on to pinch run. She stole second to put two in scoring position, as a Quinn single to the shortstop brought in Serrett to put LSU on the brink up 7-0.

After taking the first pitch, Griggs stepped back up to the plate and lifted one into left to drive in Thymes and end the game with an 8-0 win in favor of LSU.

Game 1: LSU 17, Memphis 2 (5)

In the first game of the 2016 LSU Invitational, the LSU softball team produced 17 runs on 16 hits to defeat the Memphis Tigers 17-2 in five innings Friday night.

LSU (15-2) put up four runs in two separate innings, and even after Memphis (6-12) scored two of their own to cut into LSU's lead, the Tigers sent 14 batters to the plate in the bottom of the fourth to put the game on ice as the squad produced the most runs under head coach Beth Torina in her five years at the helm.

10 different LSU players earned hits on the day, paced by Emily Griggs and Amber Serrett who ended up with three each. Serrett went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored, while Griggs went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two stolen bases.

Bianka Bell tied Serrett for the team lead in runs driven in with three, as both of her hits were doubles and two runs scored. Bailey Landry produced two hits and scored three times with an RBI, as LSU was just missing a triple for the team cycle as Sahvanna Jaquish belted a home run for her only hit with three runs scored.

Baylee Corbello (4-0) earned the win as she did not allow an earned run with two strikes and no walks in the victory. She needed just 79 pitches to get the job done, with 52 for strikes and allowing just two hits.

After sitting the visitors down in order in the opening frame of the contest, Constance Quinn got LSU's offense going with a single through the right side. After she stole second, Griggs singled in the infield to put runners at the corners for the Tigers.

After two pitches, Bell roped a laser down the left field line to bring in both on the double to put LSU up 2-0. After a fly out, Kellsi Kloss put two back on after a fielding error at first allowed her to reach, as a fielder's choice kept two on but put two outs on the board. Serrett laced one through the left side to score one, as the second Memphis error of the inning made it 4-0 LSU.

Memphis was able to cut LSU's lead in half in the top of the third, getting a pair of runs on two hits and an error to pull with two at 4-2.

It didn't take long for LSU to pull a run back, as Jaquish took enough pitches before seeing one she liked, drilling it to left center for the solo homer to put LSU up 5-2. After an out, singles from Landry and Serrett put two on, as the duo each earned a stolen base to put two in scoring position.

A walk to Sanchez loaded them up for LSU, as Sandra Simmons ripped one to left to plate two more to make it 7-2 on the single. After another grounder moved the two runners up, Griggs earned another infield single to drive in another run to put LSU up 8-2 before the inning ended with an out at the plate.

Bell drew a walk to open the bottom of the fourth inning, as another walk this time to Jaquish putting two on. A deep fly to right allowed the two to tag up and advance to second and third. A walk to Landry loaded the bases for LSU, as Serrett singled up the middle to score two and make it 10-2.

A fielding error allowed another run to score and kept runners on with the home side now up 11-2. Taylor Satchell came on to pinch hit and dropped one down the left field line for another run-scoring hit to make it 12-2. After a Memphis pitching change, the visitors were able to get an out, but LSU wasn't done as Alayna Falcon came on to pinch hit and ripped a double to score two more to make it 14-2

Bell doubled to left, scoring Griggs who came back in to run at second for Falcon making it 15-2. Jaquish was plunked and put two on, as Jenna Kreamer came on to bat an laced a double down the right field line for the final two runs of the inning to put LSU up 16-2.

Landry put the final run on the board as she hit a single to left, plating Jaquish to put LSU up 17-2, getting the final three outs the team needed in the very next frame to earn the victory.

LSU will be back in action on Saturday, taking on Liberty and Louisiana Tech at 5 and 7:30 p.m. at Tiger Park.

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