Softball Sweeps Auburn Series with 1-0 Win
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE – The No. 8 LSU softball team completed a three-game sweep against No. 10 Auburn with a 1-0 win in Tiger Park Sunday afternoon. With the win, LSU improves to 22-2 and 3-0 in conference play, while Auburn falls to 23-5 and 0-3 in the SEC.
Senior Carley Hoover shut Auburn down, pitching seven innings, striking out eight, and allowing only three hits. She earned her ninth win of the season and her fifth shutout of the year.
Auburn threatened in the top of the sixth with a runner on second and one out, however Amber Serrett caught a line drive and tagged the runner out to get the unassisted double play and end the inning for the Tiger defense.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, sophomore Aliyah Andrews led things off with a single and then advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Emily Griggs. Sydney Springfield singled to through the right side, scoring Andrews in the process, giving the Tigers the 1-0 lead.
“It was a great series against Auburn. This weekend was a really good moment for our team. Anytime we win three games in the SEC, it’s huge, but to win against a good program like Auburn, made it a great weekend for us.”
On winning a close series this weekend…
“It’s nice to show that we aren’t just talented, but that we have guts and can fight. I think having that aspect is crucial and will take us a long way.”
On Sydney Springfield’s performance and game-winning hit…
“She hit both balls hard when she was at bat. It was great to see her come up for us in that big moment. She’s going to have a lot of opportunities like that and it’s really good to see her come through.”
On the Tigers’ performance throughout the series…
“I thought we fought consistently throughout the series. There was never a moment where we let up. We battled the entire weekend, and it didn’t matter if we were up or if it was a close game. Whatever the situation was for us, we battled the entire time.”
>> With the win, LSU now has 400 SEC victories in the history of the program. That number is good for second in SEC history, behind Alabama (422).
>> Carley Hoover has now pitched nine complete games in her nine starts. She finished the weekend with 18 strikeouts on 14.2 innings of work.
>> Beth Torina now has 294 wins in her LSU career, needing only six more to reach 300.
>> LSU remains undefeated at home with a record of 18-0. It is the longest home winning streak for the Tigers since 2015 where they started the season 20-0 at home.
>> With the series sweep, it is the first time LSU has swept Auburn in a three-game series since 2010.
>> Andrews led the Tigers at the plate with two hits and the game-winning run. Griggs, Springfield and Shemiah Sanchez all had one hit each.
LSU will take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Tuesday, March 13 at 6 p.m. CT in Tiger Park. The game will be available online on the SECN+.
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