Softball Wins in Walk-Off Fashion Twice in LSU Invitational
Asst. Communications Director
BATON ROUGE – After falling twice last weekend, the 10th-ranked LSU softball team rebounded to claim two wins in walk-off fashion, defeating Illinois State 1-0 in 10 innings and McNeese State 2-0 Friday to open the LSU Invitational. With both wins, LSU improves to 16-2 and remains undefeated at Tiger Park.
The offense put together a total of 10 hits on the day with senior Emily Griggs leading the way with three. Junior Amber Serrett had a team-leading two RBI on the day.
Sophomore Maribeth Gorsuch picked up her third victory in the circle, throwing 10 shutout innings, striking out a career-high 12 in her first career shutout. Senior Allie Walljasper earned her sixth victory of the year. She struck out eight in her sixth complete-game on the season.
The Tigers pounded out six hits in game one but only one run was need to take down the Illinois State Redbirds.
Due to the international tie breaker rule, the Tigers started with a runner at second. Claire Weinberger entered the game to pinch run. She advanced to third on back-to-back walks before scoring on Walljasper’s walk-off infield single to claim the victory.
Gorsuch was stellar in the circle, firing a no-hitter through 7.2 innings of work. She struck out a career-high 12 batters in a career-high 10 innings. She only walked one on the game.
Griggs led the team, going 2-for-4 at the plate. She doubled down the left field line in the sixth but a double play took the Tigers out of the inning.
McNeese State threatened in the first inning but the Tigers and Walljasper got out of the bases-loaded jam and was steady the rest of the way.
Walljasper ended up retiring 17 batters before McNeese got their second hit in the seventh.
With two outs in the seventh, Griggs ran out a bunt single to get things going. But it was Amber Serrett who secured the victory for LSU. With a 2-1 count, she took the fourth pitch over the left field wall, her second dinger of the season.
Walljasper earned her sixth victory of the season, improving to 6-1 on the year. She struck out eight in a complete-game effort.
“It’s important that we learn how to win in different ways. We didn’t have a huge offense output today but finding a way to win on a day like this is important. I hope tomorrow is a better day offensively, and I’m confident it will be.”
On Pitcher Maribeth Gorsuch’s performance…
“Maribeth did amazing and threw phenomenally. We knew that she looked like that. Even though she had a setback with her arm early in the season, it’s nice to see her getting back and giving us a game like today. She has a lot in front of her. I feel really comfortable that things will be in her hands in the future.”
On Amber Serrett’s game-winning walk-off homerun…
“I’m glad that Amber kept swinging hard. That’s what we preach to them, even when they’re faced with adversity. We want them to keep swinging and swing hard. Thankfully, Amber did that for us.”
>> The two wins bring Beth Torina to her 288th victory at LSU. She is now 12 wins away from reaching 300.
>> Gorsuch picked up a career-high in innings pitched (10) and strikeouts (12). She is now 3-0 on the season.
>> Serrett’s home run was the eighth Tiger home run of the season and her second of the year. She has now hit eight home runs as a Tiger.
>> LSU remains undefeated at home at 12-0.
The Tigers will look to the second day of the LSU Invitational Saturday, taking on Purdue at 5 p.m. and Florida Atlantic at 7:30 p.m. Both games will be available on SECN+.
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