BATON ROUGE, La. - The No. 12 LSU softball team finished a grueling weekend of six games by earning an 11-1 victory over the Troy Trojans in six innings to close play at the 2017 LSU Invitational Sunday at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge with a sweep.
The Tigers (18-4) wasted little time in setting the tone and putting the game away early by scoring eight of their 11 runs in the contest in the first two innings, getting a walk-off three run shot from freshman Sydney Springfield to end the game an inning early. While Troy (11-11) was the first to strike a blow getting a run in the first three at-bats of the game, junior pitcher Allie Walljasper shut the Trojan offense down the rest of the way as she ended the day allowing just the lone run on four hits with four strikeouts and a walk. Walljasper also helped her cause at the plate going 2-for-2 with a walk.
Springfield finished the day hitting three home runs over the course of two games, as against Troy she went 2-for-3 with two home runs, coming in the first and the sixth, also adding a sacrifice fly in the second to end the game with six RBIs and two runs scored. She joins fellow freshman Amanda Doyle as the only two players on the team to have a multi-home run game this season.
Rachel Rigney Brown earned the loss for Troy as she allowed all 10 runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts and two walks, exiting the game early in the second inning only to return seven batters later to help Troy get out of the frame.
Game One: LSU 9, Florida Atlantic 1 (6 inn)
The No. 12 LSU softball team exploded for nine runs on 14 hits, scoring in all but two innings in a 9-1 win over the Florida Atlantic Owls in six innings to open the final day of the LSU Invitational Sunday afternoon.
After a lengthy delay due to rain for the preceding game, the Tigers (17-4) looked fresh as 10 different LSU players earned hits in the contest with three earning multiple hits paced by Bailey Landry's 3-for-4 afternoon.
Sydney Smith (6-1) earned her second win of the week as she allowed just one run on three hits, striking out five and walking none. FAU scored a throw-away run in the third but would remain off the board for the rest of the game as 64 of her 96 pitches were for strikes as the Owls (12-8) would only strand two runners on base over the course of the game.
Landry roped a triple, drove in a run and scored twice in her set of at-bats, while Sahvanna Jaquish belted a two-run home run amid her two hits and two runs scored in going 2-for-3. Shemiah Sanchez ended the game in the sixth as she plated the run-rule clincher in her final at-bat as she hit the second of her two doubles following a Taylor Satchell two-RBI single.
Tatum Buckley (0-2) suffered the loss for FAU as she allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits with two strikeouts in four innings of work. Amanda Wilson pitched the final 1.2 innings and allowed four runs on six hits with two walks to close the game.LSU will be back in action next weekend, opening SEC play on the road against Auburn.