Softball Earns Sweep of Georgia
BATON ROUGE, La. – With the series already in hand, the No. 12 LSU softball team used its second complete-game, two-hit shutout of the afternoon to earn a 1-0 win over the No. 16 Georgia Bulldogs to cap a sweep of a Sunday doubleheader, as well as the team’s first Southeastern Conference home weekend of the year.
After having Saturday completely washed out, the Tigers (27-7, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) had already pulled the series from the Bulldogs (26-7, 2-4) with a 2-0 win in the first game of the afternoon, and in the finale got a gem of a performance in the circle from Sydney Smith (7-1) as LSU’s lone run of the game came in the first and would be enough to allow the sophomore to hold off Georgia the rest of the game.
Smith would scatter the lone pair of Georgia hits between the second and sixth innings, going on to have 11 batters fly out and 10 ground out in the contest. 52 of her 79 total pitches in the game were for strikes, as the closest the visitors had to tying the game was in the top of the sixth with a runner at third that would be left stranded.
Georgia’s Brittany Gray (16-4) suffered her second tough loss of the weekend as the game-winning run that scored in the first was via error to give the Tigers the only lead they would need in the contest. Gray struck out two and walked five, allowing just the unearned run on two hits in six innings.
Amber Serrett had one of LSU’s two hits, with Nicky Dawson coming on to earn a pinch-hit single later in the contest for the other. Although her hitting streak would come to an end at 20 games, Bailey Landry would still have an impact as she was walked twice and stole two bases, scoring LSU’s run in the first inning.
Lacey Sumerlin and Alysen Febrey had each of Georgia’s two hits. Coming into the series against LSU with the best overall batting average in the league, the Bulldogs finished the series without scoring a run in their final 15 innings of play and had a team batting average of .104.
The Game Turned When…
With an out in the bottom of the first, Landry drew the first of her two walks in the game, moving to second on a stolen base after a strikeout. Sydney Springfield hit a chopper to short that was misplayed, allowing Landry to score to put LSU up 1-0.
Sydney Smith: 7.0 IP, two hits, one walk, 79 total pitches
Amber Serrett: 1-3
Nicky Dawson: 1-1
Bailey Landry: 0-1, two walks, two stolen bases, run scored
Head Coach Beth Torina on earning the sweep against Georgia…
“I think it’s important if you are trying to be at the top of this league, play for an SEC Championship, you have to play every game you have an opportunity to pick up. It is not okay to just win two out of three if you want to win this league. It is really important that we were able to sweep today.”
Sydney Smith on her approach to pitching to Georgia’s hitters…
“I was just trying to keep a good mix on those batters because they have one of the best offenses in the country. And just knowing my defense is behind me because they played amazing today.”
Amber Serrett on the team’s defense this weekend…
“I think thus far we just really pulled it together and came together, and I think that goes with this past week of our preparation. We were really focused every day this week and I think that really showed this weekend.”
Game One: LSU 2, Georgia 0
Junior pitcher Allie Walljasper tossed a seven-inning, two-hit shutout while the No. 12 LSU softball team scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third to earn a 2-0 victory over the No. 16 Georgia Bulldogs and claim its first SEC series of the season Sunday afternoon at Tiger Park in the first game of a doubleheader for the two sides.
A two-RBI single from Bailey Landry would be the only scoring the Tigers (26-7, 3-2 Southeastern) would need in the contest as Walljasper (10-1) had a no-hitter through three innings, scattering Georgia’s (26-6, 2-3) only hits in the fourth and sixth. She worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth that could have potentially caused trouble for the home side, but kept the board clean tossing 102 pitches in the win.
Aliyah Andrews accounted for two of LSU’s four hits in the game, going 2-for-2 with a run scored. Emily Griggs and Landry had the other, as the latter extended her season-long hitting streak to 20 games in the process.
Mary Wilson Avant (5-3) suffered the loss as she pitched a full six innings, walking three and striking out two. Cortni Emanuel had both of Georgia’s hits in the game.
The Game Turned When…
With an out in the bottom of the third, Shemiah Sanchez drew a walk to take first. Andrews legged out an infield single to put two on, as Griggs singled up the middle to load the bases. Landry belted one off the wall in left to bring in two, giving LSU the lead at 2-0.
Aliyah Andrews: 2-2, run scored
Bailey Landry: 1-3, two RBIs
Emily Griggs: 1-3
Allie Walljasper: 7.0 IP, two hits, four strikeouts, three walks, 102 total pitches
Allie Walljasper on clinching the series against Georgia…
“It was just a great feeling doing it for my team. That’s what we really needed this weekend; getting our first SEC win of the year is really nice. Coming out and just being strong defensively, hitting and pitching, it was just a great game.”
Bailey Landry on the LSU defense…
“One of our goals is to win the SEC, so it is great to sweep a team, especially a team like Georgia. It means a lot as we try to obtain our goal.”
LSU will continue its home stand on Tuesday, hosting the ULM Warhawks on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Tiger Park.
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