BATON ROUGE - The No. 11 LSU softball team shutout No. 13 Oklahoma State 1-0 Friday evening in Tiger Park to start off the 2020 Tiger Classic. The Tigers are now 2-0 on the season and Oklahoma State falls to 0-1.
Oklahoma State threatened first in the second inning as they loaded the bases with one out, but clutch defense got the Tigers out of the inning. Georgia Clark caught a hard line drive and then dove to double off the runner on first.
Stellar pitching continued as Shelby Wickersham came through for the Tigers in the top of the fourth sitting Oklahoma State down in order and ended the inning with her second strikeout on the night.
In the fourth, Clark put together her first hit of the game, singling to the left-center gap. Amanda Doyle walked to put runners on first and second. The two would advance on a passed ball, but a ground out ended the threat.
In the bottom of the sixth, Savannah Stewart led off with a single to right center and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Clark singled through the left side to plate Stewart from second. Clark took second on the throw and the Tigers took a 1-0 lead.
The Cowgirls put runners on second and third in the top of the seventh and Ali Kilponen entered to relieve Wickersham. Kilponen recorded a huge strikeout to give the Tigers two outs and ended the game on an infield popup, giving the Tigers their second win of the year.
Wickersham earned the win in the circle, improving to 1-0 on the year. She allowed no runs and recorded four strikeouts. Oklahoma State's Carrie Eberle took the loss for the Cowgirls allowing one earned run. Kilponen earned her second save on the season.
Shelby Wickersham finished with four strikeouts on the night. Ali Kilponen recorded her second save of the season in as many games. Taylor Pleasants and Savannah Stewart each recorded a hit in the game while Georgia Clark recorded two. Beth Torina is now nine wins away from reaching 500 in her career. The Tigers are now 9-2 against Oklahoma State all time. Taylor Pleasants now has a double in each game this season.
The Tigers continue play in the Tiger Classic Saturday taking on Florida A&M at 1:30 p.m. and matching up with Oklahoma State again at 4 p.m. The Tigers will close out the weekend Sunday against Florida A&M at 1 p.m. These games will be streamed through SEC Network+ and WatchESPN.