BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU junior pitcher Carley Hoover threw a two-hitter while Emily Griggs earned three of LSU's eight hits in a 5-1 win over Florida Atlantic to earn a sweep of day one action at the LSU Invitational Friday at Tiger Park.
Facing a scrappy FAU (12-5) side that was looking to bounce back after suffering a loss earlier in the day, the Tigers (15-3) proved to be the stronger side on the night getting a pair of runs in the second inning and the fifth, while adding an insurance run in the sixth to put the game out of reach of the visiting Owls.
Hoover (3-0) struck out 12 in earning her third win of the season on Friday, going the distance allowing just one run in the top of the seventh. The Clemson, South Carolina, native tossed 132 pitches, working out of numerous jams with FAU runners on base in the latter stages of the contest.
Griggs was the only player in the game with multiple hits, going 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored, adding a stolen base. Solo hits from Bailey Landry, Sahvanna Jaquish, Amanda Doyle, Sydney Springfield and Aliyah Andrews accounted for the team's other five hits.
Florida Atlantic's Amanda Wilson suffered the loss and fell to 4-3 on the year as she gave up four runs, two earned, on six hits with three walks. Fayth Davis' solo home run in the seventh proved to be the only run for the Owls on the night. Florida Atlantic stranded nine runners on base over the course of the game.
The Game Turned When...
After Florida Atlantic stranded a pair of runners on base in the top of the second, LSU took to the bottom half of the frame with a Sanchez walk and wild pitch putting the Tiger runner on second. After a groundout, an FAU fielding error proved costly as it kept the inning alive for the home side. The second out would come putting two LSU runners on base as Griggs singled up the middle to bring in both to break the scoreless deadlock and give LSU a lead in which it would not relinquish.
Emily Griggs: 3-4, two RBIs, stolen base
Bailey Landry: 1-3, RBI, run scored
Sahvanna Jaquish: 1-4, run scored
Amanda Doyle: 1-3, RBI
Sydney Springfield: 1-2
Aliyah Andrews: 1-3, run scored
Carley Hoover: 7.0 IP, two hits, one run, 12 strikeouts, 132 total pitches
On Carley Hoover's performance in the circle against FAU...
"I thought it was a very solid performance from her. I'm not concerned about the control issues. I think she was forced to throw a lot of pitches. When batters are swinging and missing that can happen, but she did a good job."
Carley Hoover on what was working well tonight...
"I still think it's a process, and everything is a work in progress. I was pleased with our energy that we brought. At the plate we kept hacking. We made great plays on defense, especially Amber's (Serrett). She made a few good plays. It's always a good day when you can get a win when you're not feeling well."
Game One: LSU 10, Illinois State 2 (5 inn.)
In the first game of the weekend for the No. 13 LSU softball team, the Tigers pounded out 10 runs on 14 hits in a 10-2 win over the Illinois State Redbirds Friday evening in the LSU Invitational.
Even after the Redbirds (6-7) plated two runs in the very first inning of the game, the Tigers (14-3) would score the next 10 unanswered to pull out ahead and stay there for good. LSU scored a run in the first, plated three more in the second and exploded for six in the fourth to put ISU on the brink and close the door in the top half of the very next inning.
After earning her first win last weekend in California, freshman Maribeth Gorsuch (2-1) has started to find her footing in the collegiate game as she struck out seven and kept Illinois State off of the board from the second inning on. She earned her second consecutive victory as she held the Redbirds to just three hits.
Eight different LSU players earned hits in the victory, with six earning multiple hits led by Amanda Doyle who was 2-for-3 with a triple, three RBIs and a run scored. Bailey Landry was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base. Emily Griggs, Sahvanna Jaquish, Elyse Thornhill and Nicky Dawson had the other multi-hit outings.
ISU's Jordan de los Reyes brought in the only two Redbird runs on a double in the first, but the visitors would not be able to get anything else going. Sarah Finck (4-3) suffered the loss as she gave up nine runs on 12 hits and striking out one.
The Game Turned When...
Trailing Illinois State 2-1, LSU produced three runs on four hits to take the lead. Thornhill singled through the right side, moving to second on a grounder. Dawson hit a high-chopping single through the middle to plate Thornill to tie the game at 2-2. A single by Griggs and advance put runners at second and third, as Landry used a bunt single to score Dawson, as ISU threw it around the horn allowing Griggs to come in to score to make it 4-2.
Amanda Doyle: 2-3, triple, three RBIs, run scored
Bailey Landry: 2-3, RBI, stolen base, two runs scored
Emily Griggs: 2-3, RBI, two runs scored
Sahvanna Jaquish: 2-3, RBI, run scored
Elyse Thornhill: 2-3, RBI, run scored
Nicky Dawson: 2-2, RBI, two runs scored, stolen base
Maribeth Gorsuch: 5.0 IP, three hits, two runs, seven strikeouts, two walks, 81 total pitches
Beth Torina on Maribeth Gorsuch's performance in the circle...
"I liked the fist pump that she ended with. It was fun. I just like her energy and her demeanor. I think she does a good job , and the more comfortable she gets out there, the better she will do. Her personality is awesome. She lives life with a ton of energy and it's fun to see her on the mound like that. It's tough being a freshman and pitching on this staff. You're always looking over your shoulder, so I think she's doing a great job."
Emily Griggs on the team's offense...
"I think it was awesome. We came out a little bit flat as coach would say. I think going through the lineup for a second time we're able to make adjustments to produce the runs we needed."
LSU will be back in action with two more games on Saturday, first taking on Illinois at 5:30 p.m., before turning around and facing No. 10 Minnesota at 7:30 p.m. at Tiger Park.
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