BATON ROUGE, La. - After hitting its first home run in 12 games Sunday, the No. 18 LSU softball team didn't wait nearly as long to get more as a pair of long balls from the bats of Amanda Doyle and Allie Walljasper helped propel the Tigers to a 6-0 win over the South Alabama Jaguars Tuesday night in Baton Rouge.
Locked in a scoreless contest for nearly four full innings, LSU (35-14) finally got a spark in a big way with Doyle connecting for her fourth of the season to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead, as Walljasper would produce her second of the year on a two-run shot in a three-run frame to extend it in a lead that the Jaguars (28-18) would never threaten.
The Tigers produced nine hits in the game coming from eight different players in an efficient night offensively for the team, with Doyle going 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored. Sahvanna Jaquish drew three of LSU's four walks in the game, while also producing a hit, RBI and run scored.
Starting pitcher Carley Hoover (10-6) worked her way out of a bases-loaded jam in the very first inning, and went on her way to tossing her fourth shutout of the year by striking out six and walking one. Hoover scattered five hits as she retired the side in four of the final five innings of work in the complete-game effort.
After that early effort that nearly saw the Jaguars take the lead, the visitors would be unable to get anything else going and got just three base runners on over the course of the final six. Pitcher Destin Vicknair (12-10) wound up taking the loss as she gave up all six runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and four walks in 5.2 innings. Devin Brown would get the last out of the inning, but not before giving up a pair of hits.
The Game Turned When...
With zeroes across the board, LSU took to the bottom of the fourth and after a walk to Jaquish, Constance Quinn singled through the left side to put two on for the Tigers. It proved to be costly as with one swing of the bat Doyle hit a shot to left, clearing the fence for the three-run bomb to give LSU the lead at 3-0.
Amanda Doyle: 2-3, HR, three RBIs, run scored
Allie Walljasper: 1-3, HR, two RBIs, run scored
Nicky Dawson: 1-1, triple, run scored
Constance Quinn: 1-4, run scored
Emily Griggs: 1-3
Amber Serrett: 1-3
Bailey Landry: 1-4
Sahvanna Jaquish: 1-1, three walks, run scored
Carley Hoover: 7.0 IP, five hits, no runs, six strikeouts, one walk, 105 total pitches
Head Coach Beth Torina on the team's offense against South Alabama...
"It is good for us, especially against a pitching staff like that. They have great numbers. They are talented. I think it is good for our team. It is really good to do that against a quality pitching staff."
Amanda Doyle on her three-run home run...
"It felt good. I went up relaxed knowing that all of the hard work I've been putting in was going to pay off sooner or later. I was just relaxed and looking for the right pitch."
Allie Walljasper on the team having a productive night at the plate...
"We've been hitting the ball hard really hard, but not getting any luck on that side of the ball and we were getting some through today. We've kept a positive mindset knowing that if we keep getting quality at bats and keep hitting the ball hard the production will come our way."
LSU closes out the 2017 home schedule this weekend with a three-game series against the Missouri Tigers at Tiger Park.