Tigers Claim Two More Wins in LSU Invitational
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE – The 10th-ranked LSU softball team claimed two more victories, defeating Purdue 6-2 in game one and taking down Florida Atlantic 6-1 in game two Saturday in the LSU Invitational. With the two wins, the Tigers improve to 18-2 on the year.
Amanda Doyle led the Tigers on the day, going 4-for-6 at the plate with five RBI. Allie Walljasper and Carley Hoover both picked up wins, and both are now 7-1 on the season.
Doyle started off the second inning for the Tigers by smacking a double down the left field line, followed by an Elyse Thornhill single. Becca Schulte then hit a sacrifice fly ball to center field scoring Doyle.
The fifth inning was where the Tigers exploded offensively tallying up two walks and a hit by Aliyah Andrews to load the bases. Claire Weinberger would score on a wild pitch to tie the game up at two apiece. With two runners still on base, Doyle launched her third homerun of the season to left field giving the Tigers a 5-2 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth Weinberger doubled to left center with two outs. Andrews followed with a single but a Purdue fielding error allowed Weinberger to score, giving the Tigers another run.
Walljasper earned the win in the circle, her seventh on the season. She struck out four in a relief effort. Maribeth Gorsuch, who started the game, allowed two runs off five hits in 3.1 innings of work.
In the bottom of the third inning Doyle got the Tigers on the board by driving in Andrews on a fielder’s choice to the FAU shortstop. Andrews added another run to the Tiger lead with a hard hit single to third base, scoring Becca Schulte in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Senior Emily Griggs led the offensive attack for the Tigers, going 2-for-3 with a triple, driving in Taryn Antoine, Akiya Thymes, and Shemiah Sanchez in the sixth inning, which opened up the Tiger lead to six runs, ultimately closing the door on the Owls.
Carley Hoover got her seventh victory of the season, allowing only one run and striking out six in her eighth complete-game effort.
“I thought we continued to get better as the game went on. Even our outs were loud outs today. It is something to build on. Overall it was a good day.”
On Amanda Doyle …
“She has been hot. She had a bad day yesterday, but she has been hot every other day this season. She did her job, did what we expected of her and stepped up big for us.”
On the pitching today …
“I thought they did well. I think MB (Maribeth Gorsuch) was a little bit tired from the day before. We didn’t ask her to go back-to-back days in her career, let alone after a 10-inning day. She just wasn’t as sharp, but the other two held it down fine.”
>> With two more wins, Beth Torina is now 10 wins away from her 300th victory at LSU. Saturday’s wins marked her 289th and 290th win as a Tiger.
>> Doyle’s home run was her third of the season and her seventh in her career. She went 4-for-6 on the day with a team-leading five RBI.
>> Carley Hoover earned the win in game two to improve to 7-1 on the year. She tallied six strikeouts in her eighth complete-game in 2018.
>> Allie Walljasper earned the victory in relief in game one. She struck out three in 3.2 innings of work.
>> LSU remains undefeated at 14-0 at home.
The Tigers will wrap up the LSU Invitational on Sunday, facing Florida Atlantic again. First pitch is set for 12 p.m. at Tiger Park. The game will broadcast live on SECN+.
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