BATON ROUGE -- The LSU softball team swept two games on Sunday to finish the Fall Collegiate Classic a perfect 6-0 at the original Tiger Park.
The Tigers opened the third day of the tournament with a 2-1 victory over Chipola Community College, and in the second game LSU defeated Louisiana-Monroe 4-1.
In the first game, LSU fell behind 1-0 early when Chipola struck for a run in the top of the first inning off Kirsten Shortridge. The Indians recorded back-to-back singles to put runners at the corners with two outs. The runner at first attempted to steal second and when LSU freshman catcher Morgan Russell fired the ball down to second, the runner from third sprinted home and beat the throw to give the Indians the lead.
However, LSU responded in the bottom of the frame on a RBI groundout from Rachel Mitchell. Shortridge, who reached base on an error by the shortstop to lead off the inning, scored on the play to tie the game at one apiece.
LSU tacked on the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning when freshman Ashley Langoni blasted her third homerun of the tournament on a solo shot that landed on top of the batting cages in left field to give the Tigers the final 2-1 margin.
In the circle Shortridge pitched four innings and finished with one run allowed on four hits. She struck out two Indians and walked four. Mack, a freshman from Round Rock, Texas, was marvelous in relief as she fired three perfect innings to close out the game. Mack only surrendered one hit and struck out seven to shut down any chance of a Chipola rally.
In the second game, Louisiana-Monroe jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when the Warhawks singled in a run in the bottom of the first inning.
LSU tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the second. Russell drew a one-out walk, and freshman Katie Guillory came in to pinch run. With two outs, freshman Anissa Young ripped a double off the left field wall that scored Guillory from second.
In the third inning the Tigers added two runs when freshman Courtney Hollier doubled to right field. Jessica Mouse scored on the hit, and the throw by the rightfielder got away from the UL-Monroe infield and rolled into the LSU dugout allowing Hollier to score and put the Tigers up 3-1.
Casey Faile provided the final margin in the fifth inning when she crushed a solo homerun over the centerfield wall.
Cody Trahan pitched four innings and allowed one run on two hits while striking out six. Faile threw the final innings, did not give up a hit and struck out two.
“I am pleased with what I saw,” Girouard said. “There were still too many mistakes at times, but those are things we will concentrate on. Overall I think there is a lot of talent on this team, and now we just need to figure out where to place people.”
In the final game of the tournament Chipola picked up its third win of the weekend by defeating Louisiana-Monroe 8-4.