Softball Closes Out LSU Invitational With 5-1 Win Over FAU
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE – The 10th-ranked LSU softball team wrapped up the LSU Invitational with a 5-1 victory over Florida Atlantic Sunday afternoon. With the win, LSU improves to 19-2 on the year and 15-0 at home, while FAU falls to 11-10.
The Tigers got out to an early lead thanks to sophomore Sydney Springfield. She launched her second career grand slam over the left-center field wall, driving in Emily Griggs, Amber Serrett and Amanda Doyle, giving the Tigers a 4-0 lead.
Another run came across in the fifth as Aliyah Andrews scored on a sacrifice fly by Serrett.
FAU fought back, scoring an unearned run in the sixth inning. That was all the Owls would get as Allie Walljasper shut them down in the seventh, retiring them in order.
Walljasper picked up her eighth win of the season, pitching a complete-game and tallying eight strikeouts. She retired the first nine batters of the game before the Owls put together their first hit of the game in the top of the 4th.
“We have things we still want to improve. We have done what we needed to do in the beginning of the season to help us prepare for SEC play. We only have two losses, to two tough teams, but we won the games we were supposed to win, which is huge for this team. Since I’ve been here, we haven’t been in this position very often. I like how we’ve played and competed, and now it’s time to prepare for the next set of games. We’re back to 0-0 in our book.”
On winning the LSU Invitational after dropping two games in Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic…
“It’s huge for us to build and get that confidence back up. It’s the first time we’ve really been punched and we have to figure out how we are going to come back. This is the first time we’ve really had that experience. I think it’s important for us to get these wins.”
On how Coach Torina feels about the Tiger offense…
“We had a grand slam today and showed we can manufacture runs. We can win in many different ways. I like our versatility and this team will find a way for us to score. We pride ourselves on our pitching and our defense, and I know our offense will continue to find a way for us.”
>> LSU remains undefeated at home with a record of 15-0. It is the best start at home for the Tigers since 2015, when they began the season 20-0.
>> The Tigers had a total of seven hits on the game recorded by seven different players (Andrews, Griggs, Serrett, Doyle, Springfield, Becca Schulte, Elyse Thornhill).
>> Springfield gave the Tigers its first grand slam of the season, and the second of her career. It was her first home run of the season and the 42nd grand slam in program history.
>> Walljasper pitched her seventh complete-game of the season.
LSU will kick-off SEC action on Friday, March 9 at 6 p.m. CT with the Gold Game against the Auburn Tigers. The game will broadcast on SECN+.
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