Carley Hoover earns first victory of 2018 season.
Chris Parent (@chrisparent)

LSU Tops Illinois-Chicago in Season Opener

Chelsey Chamberlain
Chelsey Chamberlain
Asst. Communications Director

BATON ROUGE, La. – The eighth-ranked LSU softball team opened the 2018 season with a 3-0 victory over Illinois-Chicago on Thursday evening at Tiger Park. The Tigers start off the 2018 season 1-0.

The Tigers relied on a dominant opening-day performance by Senior Carley Hoover as she finished with 12 strikeouts, only giving up two hits to earn her first victory of the 2018 season. She did not allow a run for a complete-game shutout, her 14th in her career.

The game was scoreless through the first four innings before the Tigers took a 1-0 lead off a Taryn Antoine single to right field, driving in junior Becca Schulte.

LSU added two more runs in the sixth inning after an RBI-ground out by sophomore Amanda Doyle and a double to left center by junior Shemiah Sanchez, giving the Tigers a 3-0 edge.

Hoover finished off the game in the seventh by striking out three of four batters faced.

Notes
>> The Tigers are now 18-4 in season openers and 20-2 in home openers. They have now won the last four season openers.

>> Aliyah Andrews, Michaela Schlattman and Becca Schulte all scored a run for the Tigers.

>> Becca Schulte, Michaela Schlattman, Taryn Antoine and Shelbi Sunseri made their first starts in a Tiger uniform.

>> The Tigers finished the game with a total of four hits.

>> LSU is now 3-0 against Illinois-Chicago.

Torina’s Thoughts
Opening statement…
“I think there were a lot of nerves. They played very tight. I’d like to see them a little looser, a little bit bigger as we continue through the weekend.I think they just wanted to find out what they’re all about. They played a little tighter than we liked to have seen, but it was fun. It was great to see Carley compete the way she did. Ultimately, it’s a win and we’ll learn from it.”

On how Carley Hoover performed tonight…
“She’s as good as anybody playing in the game right now, honestly. She is talented, and I’d put her up against anybody playing today. I loved her demeanor and loved that she controlled the tempo. I loved her pace. She made it look easy – it was not – but she made it look like it was.”

On Deck
The Tigers will play host to the Tiger Classic Friday and Saturday. They will open the tournament with UT Arlington Friday evening at 5 p.m. in Tiger Park. For more information on the 2018 Tiger Classic and a full schedule, click here.

For all of the latest news and information on Tiger softball, visit www.lsusports.net/softball. Fans can also follow the program on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball along with @lsusoftball and @BethTorina on Twitter and @lsusoftball on Instagram.

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