LSU softball sweeps the first day of play in the LSU Invitational

LSU softball sweeps the first day of play in the LSU Invitational

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BATON ROUGE, LA - LSU junior pitcher Carley Hoover threw a two-hitter while Emily Griggs earned three of LSU's eight hits in a 5-1 win over Florida Atlantic to earn a sweep of day one action at the LSU Invitational Friday at Tiger Park.

Facing a scrappy FAU (12-5) side that was looking to bounce back after suffering a loss earlier in the day, the Tigers (15-3) proved to be the stronger side on the night getting a pair of runs in the second inning and the fifth, while adding an insurance run in the sixth to put the game out of reach of the visiting Owls.

Hoover (3-0) struck out 12 in earning her third win of the season on Friday, going the distance allowing just one run in the top of the seventh. The Clemson, South Carolina, native tossed 132 pitches, working out of numerous jams with FAU runners on base in the latter stages of the contest.

Griggs was the only player in the game with multiple hits, going 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored, adding a stolen base. Solo hits from Bailey Landry, Sahvanna Jaquish, Amanda Doyle, Sydney Springfield and Aliyah Andrews accounted for the team's other five hits.

In the first game of the weekend for the No. 13 LSU softball team, the Tigers pounded out 10 runs on 14 hits in a 10-2 win over the Illinois State Redbirds Friday evening in the LSU Invitational.

Even after the Redbirds (6-7) plated two runs in the very first inning of the game, the Tigers (14-3) would score the next 10 unanswered to pull out ahead and stay there for good. LSU scored a run in the first, plated three more in the second and exploded for six in the fourth to put ISU on the brink and close the door in the top half of the very next inning.

After earning her first win last weekend in California, freshman Maribeth Gorsuch (2-1) has started to find her footing in the collegiate game as she struck out seven and kept Illinois State off of the board from the second inning on. She earned her second consecutive victory as she held the Redbirds to just three hits.

Eight different LSU players earned hits in the victory, with six earning multiple hits led by Amanda Doyle who was 2-for-3 with a triple, three RBIs and a run scored.