LSU Offense Shines in 7-3 Win Over Western Kentucky
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE -- The eighth-ranked LSU softball team's offense came out strong Tuesday evening, defeating the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 7-3 in Tiger Park. With the win, LSU improves to 23-2 on the year and 19-0 at home, while WKU falls to 17-8.
After scoring one run in the first and two in the third innings, the Hilltoppers jumped ahead to a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the third inning.
Griggs also contributed to the offense with a single to left field, adding two more runs and giving the Tigers a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Sydney Springfield hit a solo shot over the left-center wall to put the Tigers up 6-3 in the bottom of the sixth.
Shemiah Sanchez hit a line drive single down the left field line to score the Tigers seventh and final run of the game.
Allie Walljasper came in relief and pitched five innings while tallying five strikeouts. She earned her 10th win of the season.
On facing the early deficit…
“We just started slow tonight. We didn’t take yesterday off, which we typically do with the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday series in Kentucky. I could make a thousand excuses for us, but I won’t because I don’t think we should. We just have to come out ready to play and come out a little faster.”
On the offensive performance…
“It was nice to see. I’ve said all year we can win in a lot of different ways with great pitching, or we can win with offense. It was nice to see in them win a lot of different ways in such a short span of days.”
On Aliya Andrews’ growth…
“She just continues to get better and better. She’s a special talent, she’s a special player, and her confidence is just going up and up. She is just at the tip of the ice berg for her season.”
On expectations for Aliyah Andrews…
“I think she can be one of the best players in the SEC when it’s all said and done, so whether its tomorrow or next year she has the ability to do that.”
>> As a team, LSU stole a season-high five bases in tonight’s win. (Andrews 2, Griggs 1, Akiya Thymes 1, Serrett 1).
>> With the win, LSU has won 19-straight games in Tiger Park to start the season. It is the second longest streak for the Tigers since 2015 where they started 20-0 at home.
>> With the win, Beth Torina has 295 wins in her LSU coaching career, needing only five to reach the 300-win milestone.
>> Akiya Thymes got her first career hit with a single to right-center field in the fourth inning.
>> Serrett’s three-run homerun is her third on the season and ninth in her career. Springfield hit her second on the year and her 12th on her career.
LSU will take on the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday, March 17 at 11 a.m. CT in Lexington. The game will be available online on the SEC Network.
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