LSU Claims Series Against Auburn With 3-2 Walk-Off Win
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE -- The LSU softball team claimed the series victory over the Auburn Tigers with a walk-off, 3-2 win on Saturday night in Tiger Park. With the win, the Tigers improve to 21-2 on the year and 2-0 in the SEC, while Auburn falls to 23-4 and 0-2 in conference play.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when Becca Schulte doubled, and advanced to third on a fielding error. Shemiah Sanchez then hit a sacrifice fly to left field to drive in Schulte giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Michaela Schlattman would then score on a wild pitch to put the Tigers up, 2-0.
Maribeth Gorsuch pitched shutout softball for 6 2/3 innings until Auburn hit a two-run triple to knot the game up at two apiece in the top of the seventh. Gorsuch ended up with four strikeouts on the game.
Allie Walljasper came in relief to get the final out of the inning, stranding a runner on third.
Aliyah Andrews led the bottom of the seventh off with a single through the right side, and advanced to second on an Emily Griggs sacrifice bunt.
With two outs, Amanda Doyle hit a blooper over the shortstop’s head to drive in Andrews and score the winning run, marking the fifth walk-off victory of the season for the Tigers.
“There’s nothing more fitting than for Amanda Doyle to give us that game-winning RBI against Auburn tonight. She’s been doing so many great things for us offensively and having a great year. She deserved to have that moment.”
On the significance of LSU Softball Alumnae…
“It’s so great to have them here for the win. It was nice to see so many women attend the game. Those women have truly laid the foundation for where we are today. We’re standing in this beautiful park because of these talented players and what they’ve achieved in the past. It’s a great moment to have them here at the field. We loved honoring them.”
On keeping a strong mentality after playing a 14-inning game Friday…
“We were ready to go. We had Maribeth Gorsuch on the mound who hasn’t seen the field yet this weekend. We had an advantage with her and I think we got a great game out of Maribeth. I loved seeing her compete today.”
>> With the win, it is the first time LSU has won a series against Auburn since 2010, when they swept the series.
>> With the win, LSU improves to 17-0 on the year at home, their best start at home since 2015.
>> Allie Walljasper earned her ninth win of the season pitching 1/3 inning.
>> With the win, Beth Torina is now seven wins away from her 300th victory of her LSU career. She has a total of 293 wins as a Tiger.
>> Andrews led the Tigers at the plate with three hits and the game-winning run. Doyle finished with two hits and the walk-off RBI.
LSU will play the final game of the series on Sunday, March 11 at 4 p.m. CT against the Auburn Tigers. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.
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