Softball Walks Off No. 13 Baylor, Falls to NDSU
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE – The No. 10-ranked LSU softball team split its twinbill on Saturday, defeating Baylor 5-3 in walk-off fashion in eight innings in game one, and falling to North Dakota State, 1-0 in nine innings. The Tigers are now 26-5 on the year.
The Lady Bears got on the board first, driving in two runs on three hits in the top of the second inning to give themselves an early 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, junior Amber Serrett tied the game up with a two-run home run over the left-field wall, scoring Shemiah Sanchez. Baylor answered in the very next inning, scoring on a sacrifice fly to left, gaining a 3-2 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Sanchez led the Tigers off with a solo shot over the left field wall to tie the game at three apiece.
Emily Griggs singled to the pitcher to lead off the bottom of the eighth, and Amanda Doyle hit a walk-off two-run home run to win the game for the Tigers, 5-3.
Carley Hoover pitched a complete-game effort and earned her 11th win of the season, tallying five strikeouts in the game.
In game two, Walljasper kept North Dakota State off balance, tallying eight strikeouts in nine innings of work. She gave up four hits and allowed one unearned run.
The Bison scored their lone run in the top of the ninth inning. An infield single led off the inning and they would advance to second on a ground ball out. The run came off of a Sanchez error, allowing North Dakota State to take a 1-0 lead.
In the Tigers’ last chance, Elyse Thornhill tried to get the offense going with two outs. She singled to second base but was stranded as a strikeout ended the game.
The Tigers had chances earlier to score runs. In the third inning, Claire Weinberger singled to left field with one out. She would advance to third on Emily Griggs’ single up the middle, but a strikeout ended the threat.
Walljasper took the loss for the Tigers in the circle, falling to 10-3 on the year.
On winning splitting the twinbill…
“That’s just part of it. It’s tough to keep your emotions up that high for that long. I also think playing these games like this, so many extra-inning games, at some point it was going to catch up with us. It was a matter of time you dodge bullets for that long. They are a good team. I don’t believe this loss is going to kill us in the long run. Of course we wanted to win the game, but I don’t think its life or death here today. I think we will bounce back and be alright.”
On the victory over Baylor…
“It was an awesome game. It was one of my favorite ones we have played here. It’s unfair that we have to go and negate it by losing on the backend of the double header today, so that’s what makes it tough.”
On the pitchers performances…
“For the most part we just kept the ball in the infield all day. They did a good job of finding a way to get outs, and keeping the ball in the infield. I think Allie (Walljasper) only let two outfielders touch the ball in nine innings. Both pitchers did a good job of battling, finding outs, and letting their defense play behind them.”
On Amanda Doyle’s clutch hitting….
“She is a great hitter, and gets hits all the time no matter the situation. So the fact that we keep getting her up in those situations is good for us because she’s a great hitter.”
>> The Tigers hit three home runs in game one, giving them 16 as a team this year. The last time the Tigers hit three home runs in a game was March 15, 2016 against Louisiana Tech.
>> Doyle, Serrett, and Sanchez each hit a home run in game one combining for five RBIs. It was Doyle and Serrett’s fourth home runs on the year and Sanchez’s second of the season.
>> With the win against Baylor, head coach Beth Torina now has 298 wins in her LSU coaching career, needing only two more to reach the 300 milestone.
>> The Tigers had a combined 11 hits in both games on Saturday. Griggs, Sanchez, and Doyle each had two and Aliyah Andrews, Serrett, Michaela Schlattman, Thornhill, Claire Weinberger, and Taryn Antoine each had one.
>> The loss to NDSU ends a 22-game home winning streak to start the season, which was the best start to a season at home since 2015.
LSU will return to action on Tuesday, March 27 to take on Southern Miss at 6 p.m. CT in Tiger Park. The game will be broadcast on SECN+.
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