Softball Wins SEC Opener in Extras, 3-2
Asst. Communications Director
BATON ROUGE – The eighth-ranked LSU softball team claimed their first SEC victory of the season in a 14-inning, 3-2 walk-off win against10th-ranked Auburn in Tiger Park Friday evening. With the win, LSU improves to 20-2 on the year and 1-0 in the SEC, while Auburn falls to 23-3 and 0-1 in conference play.
In the bottom of the 14th inning, with a runner on first and third and two outs, second baseman Becca Schulte hit a ball through the left side to drive in Amanda Doyle to claim the walk-off victory for LSU.
LSU got an early start on offense in the first inning after sophomore Aliyah Andrews led off with a triple over the left fielder’s head. She would score on Doyle’s sacrifice fly to right center, taking a 1-0 lead.
Another run came across for LSU is the fourth inning. Andrews drew a two-out walk. She advanced to third on Emily Griggs’ single to right field and scored on a throwing error by Auburn.
Allie Walljasper kept Auburn off balance until the fifth inning. She retired 12 of the first 13 batters of the game before Auburn homered to tie the game up at 2-2.
Auburn threatened in the seventh, but Carley Hoover came off the bench to get out of the bases-loaded jam with two strikeouts.
Hoover would then keep Auburn off balance for the rest of the game, never letting a runner get to third.
LSU had a couple of chances to score early, threatening with runners at third in the seventh, 11th and 12th innings.
Hoover earned the victory, improving to 8-1 on the year. In 7.2 innings of work, she allowed six hits to go along with a game-high 10 strikeouts. Walljasper allowed two runs, off five hits, while striking out six in 6.1 innings.
Auburn’s MaKayla Martin took the loss, dropping to 9-2 on the year. She allowed one run, off seven hits, while striking out four in 6.2 innings. Auburn’s starter Kaylee Carlson allowed two runs, one earned, off seven hits to go along with four walks and five strikeouts.
Assistant Coach Howard Dobson’s Thoughts
“We came through and both Carley Hoover and Allie Walljasper pitched very well. Allie did a great job coming out and keeping our momentum. Carley came through and shut the door for us.”
On the first SEC game of the 2018 season…
“It was nice to get a win. It’s just the beginning and were just scratching the surface. We told our players earlier that every time you play a team in the SEC, it’s going to be a dog fight.”
On Becca Schulte’s game-winning walk-off…
“It was great to see her pull us through. She had several opportunities at bat where she could have driven in runs early in the game and could have ended the game around the 10th or 11th inning. Becca had a pitch earlier that could have won the game then and in the 14th inning had the same pitch and was able to seal the pitch. We learn from our experiences, and Becca stayed in the game and was able to come through for us tonight.”
>> The win marks Beth Torina’s 292nd victory at LSU. She is now eight wins away from reaching 300 wins as a Tiger.
>> Emily Griggs, Amber Serrett and Elyse Thornhill all had seven at-bats in the game, which is the most at-bats in a game in program history. The previous record was six at-bats.
>> LSU is now 3-0 on the year in extra-inning games and 75-41 in program history.
>> It was the third time in program history that the Tigers have gone 14 innings. The last time was on March 8, 2013 against Mississippi State. The Tigers are 3-0 in 14 inning games in program history.
>> Aliyah Andrews led the team at the plate, going 4-for-6 with two runs scored. Griggs finished with three hits, while Doyle and Schlattman finished with two each.
LSU will play game two of the three-game series against Auburn Saturday at 7:30 p.m. CT. The game will air on the SEC Network and will also be available on the WatchESPN app.
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