Softball Breaks Home Run Record, Splits with Baylor

by Chelsey Chamberlain
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Softball Breaks Home Run Record, Splits with Baylor

WACO, Texas – The No. 10/7 LSU softball came from behind to defeat Baylor, 4-2 on Saturday in game two, but fell in the night cap, 5-1. The Tigers are now 40-12 on the year, while Baylor improves to 18-29.

Game 1

Baylor got on the board in the third inning with a solo home run to right center off LSU starter Maribeth Gorsuch, taking a 1-0 lead on the Tigers. The Bears put another run across in the fourth off a wild pitch by Gorsuch.

Baylor followed by loading the bases and the Tigers made a change in the circle, going to Shelbi Sunseri. Sunseri got a strikeout and Amanda Sanchez made a great catch on a line drive down the third base line to get out of the inning.  

The Tigers tied up the game with two runs in the sixth. Savannah Stewart drew a leadoff walk and Andrews followed with a fielder’s choice to the pitcher, but the Baylor pitcher threw the ball away, all the way to the centerfield wall, allowing Stewart and Andrews to score.

Sunseri gave the Tigers a 3-2 lead in the sixth with a solo shot over the right center wall, her second on the series, 15th on the year and the 66th team home run, breaking the program record.

The Tigers scored an insurance run in the seventh. Sunseri came away with the win in the circle, her 12th on the year. She improves to 12-5 on the season.

Game 2

Baylor got on the board first in the first inning off a two-run home run off Shelby Wickersham. They scored three more runs in the second, taking a 5-0 lead. Ali Kilponen came in to the circle and got the Tigers out of the second.

The Tigers got their first hit in the fourth inning as Shemiah Sanchez singled up the middle with two outs to advance Amanda Sanchez to second. But the inning ended on a pop out to short.

Amanda Doyle led off the fifth inning with a double to center and Baylor made a change in the circle. Doyle made it all the way to third, but the Tigers couldn’t get her across as a ground out to the pitcher ended the inning.

Sunseri came into pitch in the fifth inning and kept Baylor off balance as she tallied two strikeouts and ended the fifth on a lineout to third.

The Tigers got on the board in the sixth inning with a solo home run over the right field wall by Amanda Sanchez, her eighth on the year.

Wickersham takes the loss in the circle, falling to 10-2 on the year.

Game Notes

  • The Tigers’ win marks the 40th win of the season. It’s the 20th season in program history with 40-plus wins and the eighth under head coach Beth Torina with 40 or more wins.
  • Shelbi Sunseri hit the team’s 65th home run in game one Friday to tie the program record for home runs in a single season by a team and helped the Tigers break the record in game two of the series. It was her 14th and the 15th home runs on the season.
  • After Amanda Sanchez‘s home run in game two of the day, the Tigers new home run record moves to 67.
  • Andrews has 44 stolen bases on the season, which is now one away from tying the single-season program record of 45 stolen bases. She has tied sister AJ Andrews in career steals with 97.
  • The Tigers are now 8-1 against Baylor since 1997 in program history.
  • When holding their opponents to two runs or less, the Tigers are 31-0.

Next Up
The Tigers are back in Tiger Park for the final games of the regular season, taking on Alabama. The series opens Friday at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN2.