Softball Closes Invitational With Sweep
BATON ROUGE, La. – The No. 13 LSU softball team finished a grueling weekend of six games by earning an 11-1 victory over the Troy Trojans in six innings to close play at the 2017 LSU Invitational Sunday at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge with a sweep.
The Tigers (18-4) wasted little time in setting the tone and putting the game away early by scoring eight of their 11 runs in the contest in the first two innings, getting a walk-off three run shot from freshman Sydney Springfield to end the game an inning early.
While Troy (11-11) was the first to strike a blow getting a run in the first three at-bats of the game, junior pitcher Allie Walljasper shut the Trojan offense down the rest of the way as she ended the day allowing just the lone run on four hits with four strikeouts and a walk. Walljasper also helped her cause at the plate going 2-for-2 with a walk.
Springfield finished the day hitting three home runs over the course of two games, as against Troy she went 2-for-3 with two home runs, coming in the first and the sixth, also adding a sacrifice fly in the second to end the game with six RBIs and two runs scored. She joins fellow freshman Amanda Doyle as the only two players on the team to have a multi-home run game this season.
Rachel Rigney Brown earned the loss for Troy as she allowed all 10 runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts and two walks, exiting the game early in the second inning only to return seven batters later to help Troy get out of the frame.
The Game Turned When…
The Tigers scored all eight of their runs in the first two innings on just four total hits in the two frames. In the first Doyle had an RBI single to tie the game a 1-1, followed by Springfield who belted the first of her two home runs right after to give LSU the lead. In the second, LSU needed only one hit, coming from Constance Quinn, but receiving three walks and two hit batters to eventually plate three runs to make it an 8-1 game.
Sydney Springfield: 2-3, 2 HR, six RBIs, two runs scored
Emily Griggs: 1-4, RBI run scored
Bailey Landry: 1-3, RBI, two runs scored
Sahvanna Jaquish: 1-3, RBI run scored
Amanda Doyle: 1-1, RBI, run scored
Nicky Dawson: 1-2, run scored
Constance Quinn: 1-1, run scored
Allie Walljasper: 6.0 IP, four hits, one run, four strikeouts, one walk, 65 total pitches; 2-2, walk
“She’s so strong. I don’t think it matters if the wind is blowing in or not. She’s such a talented hitter and so strong. It’s the first of many that will come off of her bat here in Tiger Park.”
Sydney Springfield on hitting three total home runs Sunday…
“It was exciting. I’ve been putting in the work and the past couple of weekends haven’t been the best or the outcome I’ve wanted, so knowing that putting in the work is translating to the field is a great feeling.”
Game One: LSU 9, Florida Atlantic 1 (6 inn)
The No. 13 LSU softball team exploded for nine runs on 14 hits, scoring in all but two innings in a 9-1 win over the Florida Atlantic Owls in six innings to open the final day of the LSU Invitational Sunday afternoon.
After a lengthy delay due to rain for the preceding game, the Tigers (17-4) looked fresh as 10 different LSU players earned hits in the contest with three earning multiple hits paced by Bailey Landry’s 3-for-4 afternoon.
Sydney Smith (6-1) earned her second win of the week as she allowed just one run on three hits, striking out five and walking none. FAU scored a throw-away run in the third but would remain off the board for the rest of the game as 64 of her 96 pitches were for strikes as the Owls (12-8) would only strand two runners on base over the course of the game.
Landry roped a triple, drove in a run and scored twice in her set of at-bats, while Sahvanna Jaquish belted a two-run home run amid her two hits and two runs scored in going 2-for-3. Shemiah Sanchez ended the game in the sixth as she plated the run-rule clincher in her final at-bat as she hit the second of her two doubles following a Taylor Satchell two-RBI single.
Tatum Buckley (0-2) suffered the loss for FAU as she allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits with two strikeouts in four innings of work. Amanda Wilson pitched the final 1.2 innings and allowed four runs on six hits with two walks to close the game.
The Game Turned When…
With a four-run lead heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Tigers had the game in-hand and looking to get in a few more quality at-bats before closing out the game and got a Nicky Dawson pinch-hit single to open the frame. After stealing second, consecutive outs put two on the board but not before a Landry single plated Dawson to make it 6-1. A walk to Jaquish put two on, with a wild pitch moving the two over. A walk loaded the bases, as Satchell singled to bring in two, as Sanchez doubled to end the game.
Bailey Landry: 3-4, triple, RBI, two runs scored
Sahvanna Jaquish: 2-3, HR, two RBIs, two runs scored
Shemiah Sanchez: 2-4, two doubles, RBI, run scored
Taylor Satchell: 1-1, two RBIs
Sydney Springfield: 1-3, HR, RBI, run scored
Amanda Doyle: 1-3, run scored
Emily Griggs: 1-4, RBI
Sydney Smith: 6.0 IP, three hits, one run, five strikeouts, 96 total pitches
Head Coach Beth Torina on the team having big innings…
“They definitely bring a spark of energy to us. The more confidence we get and more at bats that we get, the better we will be. We’ll be in a good spot heading into the weekend. We don’t have a mid-week game. We’ll get to work and prepare to be ready for our next opponent.”
Sahvanna Jaquish on her home run in the game sparking the team…
“It’s always good hitting a home run. I think it gave the team confidence and that’s what I was really happy about. Once I swing big the entire lineup starts swinging big and I love it when I see them swinging at it even when they go down. When you hear the bat whiff you think ‘Dang that girl can hack,’ and that’s what we try to do, play as hard as we can every game.”
LSU will be back in action next weekend, opening SEC play on the road against Auburn.
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