Tigers Sweep Doubleheader from Ole Miss

Leslie Klein's home run in game two tied the LSU single-season record at 12.
Leslie Klein's home run in game two tied the LSU single-season record at 12.
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OXFORD, Miss. -- Kristin Schmidt earned her 1,000th career strikeout and two wins as the third-ranked LSU softball team swept a doubleheader from Ole Miss, 2-1 in 10 innings and 5-0, on Saturday night at the Ole Miss Softball Complex.

With the wins, the Tigers improved to 41-7 on the season and 18-4 in Southeastern Conference play. The losses dropped the Rebels to 13-30 overall and 6-14 in league play.

With her fifth strikeout of game one, Schmidt became the 23rd player in NCAA Division I history to record 1,000 career strikeouts. She finished the first game with 12 strikeouts before striking out 10 in game two and now has 1,017 for her career.

Senior Julie Wiese left the first game in the fourth inning after fouling a pitch off her eye. Emily Turner came in to play third base for the Tigers in her first collegiate appearance at third.

"This was an extraordinary day considering what happened to Wiese," said LSU head coach Yvette Girouard. "We persevered and pushed through and managed to find a way to win both games."

A sacrifice fly by Camille Harris in the top of the 10th inning scored Kristen Hobbs from third for the winning run in the first game. Hobbs had been placed on second to start the inning as part of the international tiebreaker rule. She advanced to third on a bunt base hit by Sara Fitzgerald before scoring on Harris' deep fly to right field.

A home run by Leslie Klein in the second game gave her 12 on the season, tying the LSU single-season record. The homer was also the 52nd of the season for the Tigers, tying the school single-season record.

Schmidt earned the win in game one, allowing one run on eight hits with three walks and 12 strikeouts. She came back to earn the win in game two, pushing her record to 25-4 on the season. With her ninth complete-game shutout in game two, she allowed just four hits and two walks.

Schmidt also surrendered two intentional walks to DeDe Justice. The first free pass to Justice in the third inning ended a streak of 55 consecutive innings without issuing a walk by LSU. The streak began in the third game against Alabama on March 28 and stretched over eight games.

The Tigers scored first in the top of the third inning. With one out, LaDonia Hughes singled to left field. After stealing second, she advanced to third on a wild pitch. Lauren Castle then singled through the left side to score Hughes and give LSU the 1-0 lead.

Ole Miss came back with a run in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game. With one out, Britte Hardy recorded an infield single. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Desiree Layman. After an intentional walk to Justice, Hardy scored on a single to left field by Mandy Ott.

The Tigers had runners in scoring position in each of the next six innings, but could not push a run across. After the third, Schmidt kept the Rebels from reaching scoring position until the eighth and the 10th. LSU got a fly ball to end the eighth before a pop out to Fitzgerald at second ended the game in the 10th.

Dana Brill came on in relief in the ninth and took the loss for Ole Miss to fall to 4-13 on the season. She allowed one unearned run on one hit with a walk in two innings. Mary Jane Callahan started and threw eight innings. She allowed one run on five hits with eight walks and seven strikeouts.

In the second game, the Tigers jumped out to the early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Hughes led off with a bunt single. She advanced to second on a single to center field by Castle. On an infield ground out by Klein, Hughes moved to third and Castle went to second.

Ole Miss then intentionally walked Stephanie Hill to load the bases. A single up the middle by Lauren Delahoussaye scored Hughes. On a fielder's choice by Leigh Ann Danos, Castle scored from third as Klein was thrown out at third.

Harris led off the top of the second inning with a single to left field. Hughes then reached on an error by the second baseman, sending Harris to third and Hughes to second. Castle then recorded an infield single to load the bases. An infield groundout by Klein scored Harris to give LSU the 3-0 lead.

In the top of the fourth inning, Castle beat out a bunt single with one out. Klein then nailed a home run to right field, extending the Tiger lead to 5-0.

Brill started and took the loss for the Rebels in game two. She allowed five runs on nine this with three walks and a strikeout in five innings. Tara Willit came on in relief in the sixth. She allowed one hit with three strikeouts in two innings.

The series will conclude with a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m. After nine-road games, the Tigers return home for a non-conference game against Southern Miss on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on Cox Sports Television, Baton Rouge cable channel 37.

LSU will then host nationally ranked Auburn in a three-game series next weekend. The Tigers will match-up in a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. before closing out the series with a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m.

LSU 001 000 000 1 - 2 6 3
Ole Miss 001 000 000 0 - 1 8 0
Schmidt and Danos, Hobbs. Callahan, Brill (9) and Warner. W - Schmidt (24-4). L - Brill (4-13). T -3:25.

LSU 210 200 0 - 5 10 1
Ole Miss 000 000 0 - 0 4 2
Schmidt and Danos. Brill and Justice. W - Schmidt (25-4). L - Brill (4-14). HR - Klein. T - 1:52. A - 210.



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