Softball Wins 4-3 on Quinn Walk-Off Hit
BATON ROUGE, La. – After using a walk-off hit to earn a victory in the midweek contest, the No. 12 LSU softball team rallied to do the same in the series opener against No. 16 Georgia Friday, this time coming from the bat of Constance Quinn to give the Tigers a 4-3 win at Tiger Park.
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh and the game tied at 3-3 and the bases loaded, Quinn stepped up and with a 2-1 count ripped a single through the left side of the infield to bring in the winning run to break the tie and give LSU the victory to improve the team’s record to 25-7 overall and 2-2 in the Southeastern Conference.
After spotting the Bulldogs (26-5, 2-2) a two-run advantage in the very first inning, LSU was able to settle down and came back to pull within one after getting a run in the second, before eventually taking the lead with a two-run fifth. The visitors would still put up a fight, scoring a run in the fifth to tie it to make it anyone’s game with just the sixth and seventh to go before extras.
LSU pounded out nine hits in the victory Friday, getting multiple hits from Quinn, Emily Griggs and Amber Serrett, with Shemiah Sanchez and Aliyah Andrews had one each. Bailey Landry also earned a hit in her last at-bat of the game to extend her hitting streak to 19 games.
Starting in the circle and holding Georgia to just three hits in the contest was Carley Hoover (8-4) who earned her second victory of the week by weathering that Bulldog first and allowing three total runs, one earned, with four strikeouts and three walks. The junior tossed 113 pitches for LSU in the win, with 76 for strikes.
Brittany Gray (16-3) earned the loss as she allowed four runs, three earned, with three strikeouts and four walks. Gray tossed 126 pitches in the defeat, as the three Georgia hits came from Alyssa DiCarlo, Lacey Sumerlin and Maeve McGuire.
The Game Turned When…
Griggs opened the bottom of the seventh with a ripped single up the middle. Landry followed with a bunt single to put two on with no outs. A sacrifice bunt by Sahvanna Jaquish advanced the two to second and third. After a strikeout put two outs on the board and the Tigers an out away from going to extras, Allie Walljasper drew a walk to load the bases, as after Claire Weinberger came on to pinch run Quinn closed the game out with her single to give LSU the 4-3 victory.
Constance Quinn: 2-3, RBI, walk
Emily Griggs: 2-4, run scored
Amber Serrett: 2-3
Shemiah Sanchez: 1-3, RBI, run scored
Aliyah Andrews: 1-3, run scored
Bailey Landry: 1-3, RBI
Carley Hoover: 7.0 IP, three hits, three runs, one earned, four strikeouts, three walks, 113 total pitches
Head Coach Beth Torina on the walk-off hit…
“I told the team that it’s fun anytime people walk-off. But it is more fun when it is Constance Quinn that walks it off because of her emotion and energy. That was a lot of fun seeing her do that.”
Constance Quinn on her mindset at the plate in close games…
“No, because you have to sit back and think why you chose to play this game. You can’t think about the pressure. You can’t think about how many outs there are, or what pitch is about to be thrown. You just have to be confident in what you know and trust your plan.”
Carley Hoover on the difference between the first inning and the rest of the game…
“You’re not always perfect out there on the mound. Sometimes you just need to find a way to win when you don’t have your best stuff. I think as a team, it was a good night for me to be off because we played great defense and hit the ball really well tonight.”
Due to expected weather in the area on Saturday, game two of the series between LSU and Georgia will now begin at 6 p.m. instead of the original 4 p.m. start.
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