No. 7 LSU edges No. 13 UL-Lafayette, run-rules North Dakota on final day of LSU Invitational

No. 7 LSU edges No. 13 UL-Lafayette, run-rules North Dakota on final day of LSU Invitational
LSU shortstop Taylor Pleasants crushes the ball for a two-run homer against UL-Lafayette on Feb. 16, 2020. (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB-TV)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - No. 7 LSU softball got some payback from Saturday’s loss by beating No. 13 UL-Lafayette on Sunday, Feb. 16 in the LSU Invitational at Tiger Park.

Sunday, Feb. 16

The Tigers (8-1) outlasted the Ragin Cajuns (7-2), 4-3, in the final game of the tournament.

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Shelbi Sunseri started in the circle and gave up three runs on six hits in 5.1 innings of work. She struck out two and walked two. Ali Kilponen (2-0) relieved her and earned the win. She allowed no hits or runs in 1.2 innings of work but also didn’t strike out anyone. She walked two batters.

The LSU offense got popping early. With one out in the first inning, freshman Ciara Briggs hit a single up the middle. Then, fellow freshman Taylor Pleasants got all of a pitch and sent it over the center field wall to put the Tigers up 2-0.

After a scoreless second inning, the Cajuns put up two runs of their own in the third inning. Melissa Mayeux hit a solo home run and a single by Alissa Dalton sent Kaitlyn Alderink home to tie it at 2-2.

In the fourth inning, Morgan Cummins went yard, as the Tigers regained the 3-2 lead. UL-Lafayette tied it at 3-3 at the top of the sixth, but in the bottom of the inning, it was Cummins with a double to score Akiya Thymes for the game-winning run.

Sunday, Feb. 16

Earlier in the day, the Tigers (7-1) wasted no time in the 8-0 run-rule win over North Dakota (3-6). The game only went five innings.

Shelby Wickersham (2-0) was in the circle and picked up the win. She allowed just two hits, while striking out five batters.

LSU started off hot, scoring three runs in the first inning. In the fourth inning with LSU up 5-0, Taylor Tidwell hit a solo home run to right field to make it 6-0. Tidwell hit a single in the fifth inning that scored two more runs.

Saturday, Feb. 15

The Tigers (6-1) came up just short in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Ragin’ Cajuns (7-1).

Maribeth Gorsuch (1-1) stood in the circle the whole game and took the loss. In six innings of work, she allowed two runs on five hits. She struck out two batters and walked four.

LSU got on the board first. After a scoreless first inning, Morgan Cummins hit a sac fly to right field that sent Shelbi Sunseri home for the 1-0 lead. UL-Lafayette responded in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for the rest of the game. First, Sarah Hudek went yard to tie it at 1-1. Then, Bailey Curry hit a sac fly to center field to plate Alissa Dalton for the 2-1 lead.

“I liked our offensive approach," said head coach Beth Torina. "I thought we hit some balls hard that just did not fall in. It was just one of those days where you do everything right but you don’t walk away with a win.”

Due to the weather expected Sunday, North Dakota and Samford will start at 9:30 a.m. at Tiger Park. Officials added fans should plan to arrive early because the two LSU games could begin earlier than scheduled. The original plan was for LSU to take on North Dakota at 12:30 and then a rematch with UL-Lafayette at 3 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14

LSU (6-0) took home the 4-0 victory over Samford (3-3) in the first game of the LSU Invitational.

Ali Kilponen picked up her second win of the season after commanding the circle for all seven innings. She gave up just three hits, while striking out six batters.

After 2.5 scoreless innings, LSU took the lead by scoring two runs in the bottom of the third. A double to left center field by Aliyah Andrews sent Taylor Tidwell home and put Ciara Briggs on third. Then, Savannah Stewart hit a sac fly to left field and Briggs crossed home plate to make it 2-0.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Tigers put two more runs on the board on back-to-back home runs. First, Morgan Cummins sent the ball over the right center field wall. Then, Tidwell homered to right field to make it 4-0.

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The Tigers are playing host to Samford, UL-Lafayette, and North Dakota.

The Friday, Feb. 14 and Sunday, Feb 16. games this weekend will be streamed online through SEC Network+.

LSU Invitational Schedule

Feb. 14 – LSU vs. Samford, Tiger Park, 6 p.m., SECN+

Feb. 15 – LSU at UL-Lafayette, Lamson Park, 4 p.m., CST

Feb. 16 – LSU vs. North Dakota, Tiger Park, 12:30 p.m., SECN+

Feb. 16 – LSU vs. UL-Lafayette, Tiger Park 3 p.m., SECN+

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