BATON ROUGE, La. - In the season opening game for the fourth-ranked Tigers, the LSU softball team turned on the bats and would need just three innings to jump out to a big lead and coast in a 14-2 win over the Oklahoma State Cowgirls at Tiger Park.
Eight different Tigers (1-0) helped produce 16 hits in the contest, as five players earned multiple hits against the Cowgirls (1-1). LSU scored all 14 of their runs in the first three innings, as Oklahoma State plated a run in the second and just one more in the fourth, on nine hits and an error.
Bailey Landry and Emily Griggs each produced three hits, as Landry had two RBIs and Griggs had an RBI and stolen base. Sahvanna Jaquish drove in two and scored twice, earning the team's only extra-base hit on a double, while Elyse Thornhill led all players driving in three on two hits.
Allie Walljasper (1-0) went the distance and had five strikeouts on 94 pitches tossed, walking just two. OSU's Shea Coats (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing six runs on eight hits in just an inning of work. OSU used three total pitchers against LSU.
The Game Turned When...
The Tigers exploded for four runs in the very first inning, lifting the lid on the game in the very next frame batting around and scoring seven runs. In the first two innings alone the Tigers combined for 11 runs on 14 hits. The squad would score three more runs
Top Performers Bailey Landry: 3-3, two RBIs, two runs, stolen base Emily Griggs: 3-3, RBI, two runs, stolen base Sahvanna Jaquish: 2-4, double, two RBIs, two runs Elyse Thornhill: 2-4, three RBIs, run Shemiah Sanchez: 2-2, RBI, two runs, walk, stolen base
Beth Torina on Allie Walljasper's outing... "Allie was Allie. That's what we're used to getting from her. She's ice-water. It doesn't matter if it's the first batter, or the bases-loaded, two-outs to get to the College World Series, it'll be the same Allie Wallljasper."
Bailey Landry on seeing multiple pitchers on the weekend "Both teams played really well today. I think seeing different pitchers matching up with different hitters both on offense for us facing the pitchers and also for defense with our pitchers facing batters. I am confident we are going to come out and have a strong showing tomorrow."
Penn State 7, LSU 3 After opening the scoring with a run in the bottom of the second inning, the LSU softball team seemed prime to plate more, but a five-run third by the Penn State Nittany Lions in the top of the very next frame stole the momentum as the Tigers fell in the final game of the day Friday, 7-3.
A sacrifice RBI from Taylor Satchell was the first run of the game for LSU (1-1) in the contest, but the home side would only be able to plate a single run in the third and fifth, while Penn State (1-1) plated two more insurance runs in the fourth to hold off the Tigers.
Coming on in relief, Carley Hoover struck out 12 in 4.2 innings of work in the circle and allowed just two runs on two hits. She came on for freshman starter Maribeth Gorsuch (0-1) who suffered the loss allowing five runs on four hits, striking out four with two walks in 2.1 innings of work.
Freshman Sydney Springfield led the team going 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored. Amanda Doyle, Constance Quinn and Satchell each had RBIs.
Penn State's Madison Seifert (1-0) went the distance, earning the complete-game victory as she allowed three runs on six hits with four walks and three strikeouts. She tossed 137 pitches for the Nittany Lions, as the bats of Toni Polk and Tori Dubois drove in two RBIs each.
The Game Turned When...
The Nittany Lions came back from the early 1-0 deficit to produce five runs on five hits in the third, as Gorsuch exited and Hoover came on. Penn State sent 11 batters to the plate in the frame alone.
Carley Hoover: 4.2 IP, 12 K's, two runs, two earned runs, five walks
Sydney Springfield: 2-3, walk, run scored
Amanda Doyle: 1-3, RBI Constance Quinn: 1-3, RBI
Beth Torina on the performance of the freshmen today... "I mean our freshmen are great players. I'll go back and evaluate how we can still have some confidence. I mean the two freshmen are the two that got all of the hits tonight. (Amanda) Doyle and (Sydney) Springfield were the ones who really carried us offensively tonight. Offensively, those guys did a great job. We just need to figure out what we need to do to have confidence in order to stop from snowballing."
Carley Hoover on bouncing back for Saturday "A day like today gives me hope in our potential and it also makes me excited to play again tomorrow."