Softball Claims Series Against Kentucky
BATON ROUGE – The No. 7/5 ranked LSU softball team defeated No. 23 Kentucky, 5-2 in the series finale at Tiger Park Sunday afternoon. The Tigers improve to 36-9 on the year and 13-5 in the SEC, while Kentucky falls to 26-17 overall and 9-9 in the league.
Amanda Sanchez reached base first for the Tigers on a walk in the bottom of the first inning. Shemiah Sanchez crushed the ball to right center on the first pitch, tallying her 14th homer and 39th RBI on the year. LSU led 2-0 heading into the second.
Kentucky scored one run in the top of the second on a single to center field, but Amanda Sanchez ended the inning there with a double play, leaving one runner stranded. The Tigers kept the lead, 2-1.
In the top of the third, the Wildcats scored another run on a homer to left center to tie up the game 2-2. LSU held off the rest of the Kentucky bats.
After two scoreless innings, the Tiger bats came back to life starting with a double to left center from Shelbi Sunseri in the home-half of the sixth. Shemiah Sanchez stepped up to the plate and hit a two-run homer to left center, followed by a dinger from Elyse Thornhill, her seventh on the year. LSU took a 5-2 lead on Kentucky.
The Tigers claimed the series with 5-2 victory over Kentucky after retiring three Wildcats in order in the top of the seventh.
Shelbi Sunseri held it down in the circle and gets the win, improving to 9-5 on the year. She allowed six hits on two runs and struck out six.
On Shemiah Sanchez’s second home run…
“She’s been the one that’s been carrying us. She’s been our hottest hitter. I’m glad when she steps into the box. You find yourself hoping that she’s going to come up because she’s been the one leading us offensively.”
On the team’s resiliency…
“I like their fight a lot. They’re talented, obviously, but their guts and fight are going to take them further in the season than anything they can do talent wise.”
- Sunseri’s six strikeouts is the most strikeouts from a Tiger since March 22nd.
- This is Shemiah Sanchez‘s fourth time hitting multiple home runs in a single game.
- The last time Shemiah Sanchez and Thornhill hit back-to-back home runs was on March 8 against Texas A&M.
- This is the Tigers’ sixth SEC series win in a row. That is the most since 2007 when they won nine in a row. The Tigers won all 10 SEC series’ under Yvette Girouard in 2001.
- The Tigers got on the board first for the 33rd game of the year and are now 29-4 when scoring first. It’s the 23rd game the Tigers have scored in the first inning and they are now 20-3 when scoring in the first inning.
- The Tigers are now 25-5 at home.
The Tigers head to Fayetteville this weekend for a three-game SEC series against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bogle Park. The game on Friday will be at 6 p.m. CT and will stream live on SECN+.
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