Tigers' Offense Shines in One-Hitter Over LA Tech
BATON ROUGE – The No. 6 LSU softball team claimed a 11-0 one-hitter over Louisiana Tech Wednesday night in Tiger Park. The Tigers improve to 9-1 on the year, while the Lady Techsters fall to 2-7 on the season.
The Tigers had chances in the first two innings, leaving two on in the first and three on in the second. The bats came alive in the third inning as Georgia Clark led off with a double. Shelbi Sunseri followed with her first home run of the year, a two-run shot over the centerfield wall to take a 2-0 lead.
In the fourth, the Tigers loaded the bases and scored another run off an RBI walk from Taylor Pleasants, bringing in Amanda Doyle. Clark followed with her first grand slam as a Tiger, taking an offspeed pitch over the left field wall. Another run came in off a Morgan Cummins double to left.
The offense continued in the fourth with a Taylor Tidwell two-run shot to give the Tigers a 10-0 lead. Jordyn Perkins followed with a home run as she came in to pinch hit, her second in her career. The Tigers ended up scoring nine runs in the inning.
Maribeth Gorsuch pitched a spectacular game as she allowed just one hit and one walk on the game with six strike outs. She improves to 2-1 on the year. Bre Hernandez was charged with the loss, dropping to 2-2 on the year.
On the overall impressions of the game…
“I thought it was well played overall by our team. Nice to see some people back to swinging and get that going. Shelbi Sunseri, Amanda Doyle both had good days so it’s nice to see those guys coming around. I think that’s really important that we can be hitting on all cylinders moving forward.”
On Gorsuch’s performance…
“Yeah, she was. She was very solid. I told them even when it was 2-0, I felt comfortable with the way she was pitching and the way she commanded it. I decided I was gonna give her a birthday present. Let her pitch since it’s her birthday. I told her that before the game, ‘I will let you pitch because it’s your birthday.’ And it went well.”
- Beth Torina is now two wins away from reaching 500 career wins as she has 498 in her career.
- Clark and Sunseri each went 2-for-3 on the night. Clark finished four RBI, while Sunseri finished with two. The two each had a home run, Clark hitting her first career grand slam and Sunseri hitting her first dinger of the year and her 25th in her career.
- Perkins home run was her second in her career and her first on the season.
- Tidwell hit her third home run of the season.
- The Tigers hit a total of four home runs on the game with three coming in the fourth inning. It is the eighth time in program history that the Tigers have hit three or more home runs in an inning. The last time was in 2019 when Shemiah Sanchez, Elyse Thornhill and Michaela Schlattman all hit home runs in the fifth inning at Texas A&M.
- Tidwell and Perkins were back-to-back home runs, which is the second time that has happened this season. Cummins and Tidwell hit back-to-back home runs against Samford last Friday.
- Gorsuch picked up her first one-hitter of the season, she struck out six on the night.
The Tigers host the Purple & Gold Challenge this weekend, hosting Sam Houston State and Belmont. The Tigers will play Belmont Friday at 3:30 p.m. with Sam Houston at 6 p.m.