BATON ROUGE -- The 13th-ranked LSU softball team claimed a 4-1 midweek win over Southern Miss Tuesday night in Tiger Park. With the win, LSU improves to 27-5 on the year, while USM falls to 14-21.
The Tigers got off to an early 1-0 lead after Amanda Doyle drove in Aliyah Andrews from third on a fielder's choice to shortstop in the bottom of the first inning.
Another run came in the second after freshman Shelbi Sunseri hit her first career home run in a Tiger uniform over the left field fence, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead. She would later get her first career triple, sending the ball off the right field wall.
Doyle would produce the Tigers third run of the game after she hit a ground ball past the shortstop to drive in Andrews from third base.
Southern Miss got on the board in the fourth inning, but the Tigers answered with their final run of the game. Claire Weinberger drove in Sunseri with a line drive up the middle to score the Tigers fourth and final run of the game.
Sophomore Maribeth Gorsuch pitched her fourth complete game and remains undefeated in the circle at 5-0. She gave up just one run on five hits and struck out six.
On Shelbi Sunseri's performance tonight in just her third game back from injury... "She was out for so long, but she's just a freshman so you don't really know what you're missing. You know what she's capable of, but I think she can make a huge difference for us moving forward."
On her team being 21-0 when scoring three or more runs... "We played great softball in the first inning. The bunt, the steal, then we moved her up with the ball behind her, the ground ball up the middle and we score. We don't have to hit balls off the wall every two minutes. It's great when we do, but we're capable of just playing softball the right way, and I think we saw that tonight. The three runs and 21-0 is a cool stat, but I think that just says how good our pitching and our defense is. I think our kids are just really solid on those two fronts. We don't ask a ton out of our offense, but I think they're capable of doing a lot."
On tonight's performance from Maribeth Gorsuch... "We've seen her grow in SEC play and I think she's really talented. Nights like this remind her and remind our team of that."
>> With the win, Beth Torina now has 299 wins as the head coach for the LSU Tigers, needing only one to reach the 300-win milestone.
>> Sunseri hit her first home run and triple of her LSU career. It was the 17th home run and fourth triple for the Tigers as a team. It was also her first multi-hit game of her career.
>> LSU accumulated eight hits on the night. Michaela Schlattman, Andrews, and Sunseri each had two hits. Doyle and Weinberger had one apiece.
>> With the win, the Tigers improve to 24-5 against Southern Miss in the all-time series and it is second win of the season against the Golden Eagles. The Tigers defeated Southern Miss in the first weekend of play, 4-0.
>> The Tigers are now 20-0 when they score first, 21-0 when they score at least three runs and 25-2 when holding their opponents to two runs or less.
LSU will return to SEC play, traveling to Columbia, Mo. to take on the Missouri Tigers on Friday, March 30 at 3 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network+.