LSU had an NCAA playoff record eight stolen bases and benefited from five Fordham errors, as the No.11 national seed made quick work of its opening opponent in the Baton Rouge regional, taking a 9-0 run-rule decision, but only after waiting more than four-and-a-half hours because of a weather-delayed opener between Houston and UL-Lafayette.
The Tigers will face the Cougars at noon on Saturday in a winner’s bracket game, after Houston beat the Ragin Cajuns 1-0 in a game delayed four hours and 17 minutes by lightning and thunderstorms.
Tigers starting pitcher Maribeth Gorsuch turned in a two-hit effort to get the win with six strikeouts in four shutout innings of work. LSU’s Carley Hoover, who missed the Tigers’ senior weekend series with Arkansas and the SEC Tournament with back spasms, made her return to the line-up in a relief role, working a scoreless fifth inning to close out the victory.
Aliyah Andrews and Shelbi Sunseri led LSU with 2-for-2 performances at the plate, as the Tigers used a five-run second inning to blow the game open. Andrews scored two runs and Sunseri homered in the third inning. Fordham falls into a 2:30 p.m. Saturday loser’s bracket elimination game against UL-Lafayette.
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