BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The No. 6 LSU softball team used an explosive fourth inning, including a grand slam, to run-rule Louisiana Tech on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Tiger Park.
The Tigers (9-1) cruised to an 11-0 win over the Lady Techsters (2-7) in five innings. Four of those runs were the result of a big swing by first baseman Georgia Clark. LSU hit three other home runs in the game.
Maribeth Gorsuch (2-1) commanded the circle, only giving up one hit and striking out six. She now has 21 strikeouts on the season and a 1.22 ERA.
After two scoreless innings, Shelbi Sunseri put the Tigers on the board in the bottom of the third inning with a two-run homer.
The Tigers then did the rest of their damage in the fourth. A bases-loaded walk sent Amanda Doyle across home plate to make it 3-0. Next, with the bases still fully juiced, Clark stepped up to bat and put the ball over the left field wall for the grand slam to put LSU up 7-0. Later, a double by Morgan Cummins scored Karrington Houshmandzadeh. Then, Taylor Tidwell hit a two-run shot to extend the lead to 10-0. The final run came on a solo home run by Jordyn Perkins.
Bre Hernandez (2-2) suffered the loss for La. Tech. She gave up two earned runs on five hits in 2.1 innings of work. She struck out one batter and walked two.
The Tigers are now 19-0 against the Lady Techsters in program history and 7-0 under head coach Beth Torina.
The Tigers entered the midweek game after going 3-1 in the LSU Invitational. The squad picked up wins against Samford, North Dakota, and then No. 13 UL-Lafayette. The team dropped its first game of the season against the Ragin Cajuns on Saturday, Feb. 15 with a final score of 2-1.
Sophomore pitcher Ali Kilponen earned the SEC Pitcher of the Week honor after going 2-0 on the weekend. Kilponen remains undefeated at 3-0. Taylor Pleasants continues to lead the team and SEC with a batting average of .519. She has a team-leading 13 hits and nine runs scored.
LA Tech came into the game with wins over Alabama A&M and Evansville. Zoe Hicks leads the team with a .308 average with eight hits, three runs scored, and an RBI. She has struck out nine times.
After the midweek game, the Tigers will host their third straight home tournament Feb. 21-22, featuring Belmont and Sam Houston St.
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