BATON ROUGE - The No. 7 LSU Softball team put together two run-rules on the night with an 8-0 run-rule of Belmont in five innings and a 12-0 five-inning no-hitter over Sam Houston State. The Tigers are now 11-1 on the year, while Belmont drops to 1-5. The two wins marked head coach Beth Torina's 499th and 500th in her career.
Starter Ali Kilponen was off to a hot start in the circle. She walked the first batter of the game, but came back to strike out the next three.
The offense was slow to start but the Tigers had a chance in the second. Georgia Clark led off with a 10-pitch at-bat that led to a walk. Shelbi Sunseri followed with a fielder's choice to third and Clark was safe at second. The next three went down in order, ending the threat on a ground out back to the pitcher.
The offense exploded in the fourth inning as the Tigers scored six runs off four hits. Morgan Cummins hit a base-clearing double to take a 3-0 lead. Anna Jones followed with a walk and score on Aliyah Andrews triple to left center. Ciara Briggs followed with a double to left field to score Andrews, taking a 6-0 lead.
Clark started off the fifth inning with a double. Raeleen Gutierrez came in to pinch run and moved to third on a Taryn Antoine's dropped fly ball in left field. Amanda Doyle brought in Gutierrez on a sacrifice fly to right center. The Tigers run-ruled on a dropped fly ball in right center, bringing Antoine to end the game.
Kilponen improves to 4-0 on the season after her one-hit shutout. She allowed one hit and three walks, while striking out six on the game. Brooklin Lee was charged with the loss as she allowed eight runs, six earned, in 4.1 innings of work.
The offense continued into game two as the Tigers put up four runs in the first inning off six hits. Clark hit a line drive to second to score Briggs. Clark and Sunseri scored off a Cummins double to left center and the final run of the inning came off Doyle's single up the middle, scoring Cummins.
Clark came up big again in the second inning as she hit a single up the middle to score Briggs from second and move Taylor Pleasants to third. Taylor Tidwell and Doyle hit back-to-back RBI doubles to extend the Tigers lead to 8-0.
More offense came in the fourth as Cummins hit her first career grand slam, taking the ball over the centerfield wall, her third dinger on the year.
Shelby Wickersham pitched a gem in the circle as she did not allow a run or hit for her second career no-hitter. She improves to 3-0 on the year. Karina Sanchez is charged with the loss and she drops to 0-1 on the year.