Softball Drops Game Two to No. 12 Georgia, 6-1
BATON ROUGE - No. 12 Georgia ripped off three first-inning runs and never looked back to claim a 6-1 victory over the No. 23 LSU softball team Saturday as 1,750 fans gathered at Tiger Park.
The 1,750 fans was the seventh-largest crowd in program history. With the win, Georgia (38-12, 15-9 SEC) moves into sole possession of fourth place and inches one game ahead of LSU (33-18, 14-10 SEC) in the overall SEC standings.
Tess Sito went 5.1 innings and surrendered one run on two hits to improve to 9-1 on the season. She recorded three strikeouts and notched a 2-for-4 effort at the plate with a run scored.
Brittany Mack was dealt the loss and yielded six runs, four earned, on eight hits. She garnered seven strikeouts and fell to 14-9 for the season.
"Georgia has such a tough offense," head coach Beth Torina said. "They really find a way to make things happen. I thought today was just a case that they hit some balls in the right spot where we couldn't defend them. I didn't think anything was just crushed off of Brittany Mack. I didn't think there were any mistake pitches she threw. They just put balls in the right spot, and that's what a good offense will do."
LSU scored its lone run during the third inning. Dylan Supak and Lauren Houston set the table for the Tigers after getting hit by a pitch and reaching on a fielder's choice, respectively. After an A.J. Andrews sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position, Ashley Langoni delivered a two-out RBI single to bring LSU within 5-1.
"I challenged Ashley to step up for us, and she responds well to that," Torina said. "She did a great job, and I think she has to be the one to lead this offense. She's trying to do that with that performance today."
Sito opened the game with a leadoff single and stole second base. A fielding error by Mack followed to place runners on the corners. Paige Wilson chopped a ground ball to her counterpart at shortstop Juliana Santos, who fired home in an attempt to get Sito at the plate. However, Sito slide underneath the tag of catcher Lauren Houston which enabled Georgia to take a 1-0 edge.
Kristyn Sandberg and Christine Olney tacked on RBI singles to complete UGA's three-run first inning.
Sandberg provided a leadoff double down the left field line to open the third inning. Four batters later, pinch runner Macie Couey would score on a Houston passed ball. Gracie Goulder added a RBI single to left field to make it 5-0. She drove home Niaja Griffin, who reached on a hit batsman.
After LSU scored in the home half of the frame, Sito retired the final seven batters she faced before giving way to Morgan Montemayor for the final five outs of the contest. Goulder tacked on a second RBI single in the fifth inning for the final margin of 6-1.
"I know that we can play with Georgia," Torina said. "I know that it will be a great day for these seniors in honoring those who have meant so much to this program. We need to go out and win this ball game. It's definitely something we're capable of doing. Give a lot of credit to Georgia. They're a talented team, but we have a talented team ourselves."
The series finale is slated for Sunday at 1 p.m. with live audio and live stats inside the Geaux Zone on LSUsports.net. The game also will be carried live Country Legends 104.9 FM in the Baton Rouge area with Patrick Wright and Kent Lowe set to call the action.
Following the contest, LSU will pay tribute to Ashley Applegate, Katie Guillory, Ashley Langoni, Brittany Mack, Morgan Russell, Heidi Pizer, Juliana Santos and Cassie Trosclair as part of Senior Day festivities.
CST will televise the game with Lyn Rollins and Yvette Girouard serving as the broadcast team.
Fans also can follow every pitch of LSU softball this season via live in-game updates on LSU softball's social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball and @lsu_softball on Twitter.
The Tiger Park Ticket Booth will open 90 minutes prior to first pitch. Fans can purchase tickets on-site starting at $5 for adult general admission and $3 for youth ages 3-12. Tickets also are available online at www.LSUtix.net.
The LSU Athletics Ticket Office continues to urge season ticket holders to be cautious when separating their bar-coded tickets. The barcode must be attached to the ticket when arriving at the gate for scanning purposes upon entrance to Tiger Park. If the barcode detaches, season ticket holders must stop by the LSU Athletics Ticket Office on the first floor of the Athletics/Administration Building for a reprint of their tickets.
Softball Postgame Quotes
LSU vs. Georgia - April 28, 2012
Head Coach Beth Torina
On Georgia's offense ...
"They have such a tough offense. They really find a way to make things happen. I thought today was just a case that they hit some balls in the right spot where we couldn't defend them. I didn't think anything was just crushed off of Brittany Mack. I didn't think there were any mistake pitches she threw. They just put balls in the right spot, and that's what a good offense will do."
On Ashley Langoni ...
"I challenged Ashley Langoni to step up for us, and she responds well to that. She did a great job today. I think she has to be the one to lead this offense. She's trying to do that with that performance today."
On the approach going into the final game of the series...
"I know that we can play with Georgia. I know that it will be a great day for these seniors in honoring those who have meant so much to this program. We need to go out and win this ball game. It's definitely something we're capable of doing. Give a lot of credit to Georgia. They're a talented team, but we have a talented team ourselves."