Softball Walks Off Ole Miss Again, 1-0 in Seven Innings
BATON ROUGE – For the second-straight night, the 14th-ranked LSU softball team walked-off Ole Miss, defeating the Rebels 1-0 in seven innings Saturday evening in Tiger Park.
In the bottom of the seventh, with no outs, freshman Shelbi Sunseri took the first pitch of her at-bat over the right field wall to win the game for the Tigers. It was her first career walk-off home run in a Tiger uniform.
With the win, LSU improves to 32-6 on the year and 7-3 in the SEC while Ole Miss falls to 18-16 and 3-11 in conference play.
Senior Carley Hoover was stellar in the circle, pitching her 14th complete game of the season, and allowing only two hits to earn her 14th win of the season and her sixth shutout on the year. She also fanned a season-high 14 batters. Her first seven outs of the game came by way of strikeouts, including nine pitches in the first inning, all strikes, for her first three strikeouts of the game.
The Tiger defense was sensational, and helped keep Ole Miss off the board. With a runner on first and nobody out in the top of the seventh, Michaela Schlattman threw the runner out trying to steal second base to erase momentum for the Rebels.
The Tigers had some chances to put runs on the board as well, but could not quite push them across. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Aliyah Andrews made it all the way to third base with two outs, but the inning ended with a fly out to left field.
On Shelbi Sunseri‘s walk off…
“Honestly there is nobody more deserving than Shelbi Sunseri. She works so hard, I mean she is the last person here every single day. She is watching her film every morning. She was the first one here this morning, getting on the machine, watching video, and she is in the dugout taking mental at-bats with everybody else. There is no one that deserves this moment more than her.”
On Carley Hoover‘s Dominance…
“It’s amazing that that’s the expectation for her, because she’s so good and so talented. You’ve seen her do it so many times that’s what she’s capable of. I don’t want to say it goes unnoticed. She was phenomenal, but she has done so much in her career that that has become the expectation for her, and the expectation she has for herself.”
>> With the win, the Tigers are now 25-1 at home on the year.
>> LSU is now 52-11 in the all-time series against Ole Miss.
>> When allowing two runs or less, the Tigers are 30-2 on the season.
>> LSU managed only three hits in the ball game, with Andrews, Amanda Doyle, and Sunseri providing them.
>> The Tigers now have nine walk-off wins on the year. Sunseri’s walk-off home run was her first career walk-off.
Next up, LSU and Ole Miss will play in the series finale Sunday at 1 p.m. CT in Tiger Park. The game will be broadcast online only on the SEC Network+.
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