GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After suffering an excruciating loss in the first game of Tuesday night’s doubleheader, the LSU softball team bounced back to take the second game and force No. 2 Florida to settle for a split.
Brittany Mack’s pitching led the 23rd-ranked Tigers to a 1-0 win in the second game, completing a midweek Southeastern Conference series that began with Florida pulling out a 2-1 win in eight innings.
In the first game, LSU pitcher Rachele Fico was one out away from a shutout when Ensley Gammel cranked a solo homer to force extra innings; Michelle Moultrie drove in the winning run with one out in the eighth, assuring ace Hannah Rogers would get the win after working all eight innings.
Mack made sure Florida’s momentum didn’t spill into the second game.
Mack tossed a complete-game four-hitter, escaping a last-ditch rally in the seventh when she registered her eighth strikeout with runners at first and second.
The win marked LSU’s first in Gainesville since 2005, when the Tigers swept a three-game series from the Gators.
Lauren Houston’s RBI single in the second was all the Tigers (33-16, 14-8) needed to deliver Florida (42-16, 19-3) just its third loss in SEC play. Ashley Applegate went 2-for-3 to lead the LSU offense and scored the game’s only run.
Tuesday marked Beth Torina’s first time coaching against her alma mater since taking the LSU job last summer. Torina was a standout pitcher for Florida from 1997-2000.
LSU next faces No. 12 Georgia in a three-game series beginning Friday at Tiger Park.