PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Participating in its first set of games away from Tiger Park, the No. 8 LSU softball team scored a pair of runs in the second and exploded for seven more in the very next frame as the Tigers defeated the New Mexico State Aggies 9-0 in five innings in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.
LSU (10-1) was efficient in all facets producing all nine runs on nine hits, coming from seven players, while getting a gem in the circle from sophomore Sydney Smith (4-0) who held the Aggies (4-5) to a pair of hits in the complete-game shutout.
Emily Griggs and Amber Serrett each ended the game with a pair of hits, as Serrett was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a run scored, while Griggs was 2-for-3 with an RBI, run scored and stolen base. Sahvanna Jaquish cranked her first home run of the season in the win, hitting a three-run shot in the seven-run third, while Constance Quinn drove in two on her only hit of the game.
Smith had a no-hitter through three innings against New Mexico State, allowing just one of her two hits in the fourth before allowing another in the fifth.
The Game Turned When...
The Tigers produced seven runs on seven hits in the third inning to jump out to a big 9-0 lead. LSU batted around in the inning, getting two hits from Griggs in the frame and Jaquish's three-run home run. New Mexico State had to switch pitchers, but the Tigers were still able to plate runs, getting a two RBI hit from Quinn as well in the frame.
Amber Serrett: 2-2, two RBIs, run scored Emily Griggs: 2-3, RBI, run scored, stolen base Sahvanna Jaquish: 1-3, HR, three RBIs, run scored Constance Quinn: 1-1, two RBIs Sydney Smith: 5.0 IP, two hits, zero runs, strikeout, four walks, 68 pitches thrown
Head Coach Beth Torina on the performance against New Mexico State... "I thought it was good to get out to California and get things started off on the right foot. We got big performance out of Sahvanna Jaquish and Sydney Smith did a good job on the mound. We played solid defense which was also nice to see. So I thought we started off on the right foot."
LSU 12, Bethune-Cookman 1 (5 inn.) Turning around to play the second game of the day, the No. 7 LSU softball looked no worse for the wear as the Tigers produced 12 runs on 14 hits, scoring 10 of those runs in the first two innings alone to cruise past the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 12-1 in five innings to sweep Thursday action at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.
Nine different LSU (11-1) players earned hits in the contest, with five earning two. A bulk of those hits came in the nine-run second inning, where LSU produced seven of its 14 hits in the inning alone. By the time B-CU (1-10) got anything going after scoring a run in the third, the Wildcats were facing a nine-run deficit which would be extended as the Tigers plated two more runs in the fourth to seal the game for good.
Sydney Springfield finished the game 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs, while Constance Quinn was 2-for-3, as both of her hits were triples along with driving in two. Amber Serrett hit her third home run of the season and also roped a double on a 2-for-3 afternoon with three runs scored, while Bailey Landry was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Amanda Doyle rounded out the multi-hit Tigers going 2-for-3.
Of LSU's 14 hits, six were for extra bases with the doubles from Serrett and Springfield, the triples from Quinn and home runs from Serrett along with Shemiah Sanchez, who hit the first of her LSU career on a two-run shot.
Freshman Maribeth Gorsuch (1-1) earned her first LSU win as she earned the complete-game victory by striking out five with no walks, allowing just one run on three hits to B-CU. Gorsuch tossed just 75 pitches in the victory, as the Wildcats didn't earn two of their hits until the third inning and only was able to register one more after that.
The Game Turned When...
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead after the first and scored nine runs in the second inning, pounding out seven total hits in the frame. The inning featured the home runs from Serrett, which led off the inning, and Sanchez, while getting a 2-RBI double from Springfield as well. The Tigers were at their most productive with two outs, as over the course of the game the team was 6-for-10 at the plate with two outs.
Sydney Springfield: 2-2, double, three RBIs, run scored Constance Quinn: 2-3, two triples, two RBIs, two runs scored Bailey Landry: 2-3, two runs scored Amber Serrett: 2-3, double, home run, RBI, three runs scored Amanda Doyle: 2-3 Shemiah Sanchez: 1-3, home run, two RBIs, run scored Claire Weinberger: 1-2, two RBIs, run scored Maribeth Gorsuch: 5.0 IP, one run, three hits, five strikeouts, 76 pitches thrown
Head Coach Beth Torina on the team's performance against Bethune-Cookman... "I was glad to see our offense really break out in the second game. They did a great job of continuing to score throughout the game and had some people come up with some big hits. It was also great to see Maribeth get her first win. It was nice to see her get that one under her belt and hopefully she continues to grow from here."