The No. 16 LSU softball team scored three runs in the first inning and held off No. 20 Notre Dame 3-2 on Saturday at the Tiger Invitational.
The Tigers blanked Hofstra 8-0 in their second game.
In the first game, the Tigers’ three-run first inning, which included two hits and an error, proved to be the difference.
Notre Dame (5-2) scored once in the second and third innings and had more chances against LSU (8-0), outhitting the Tigers 9-3.
But the Irish stranded eight runners overall and left the bases loaded in the sixth and seventh.
“Today was a really nice day for us,” coach Beth Torina said. “I think Notre Dame is a really quality program. They threw who appears to be their No. 1 (pitcher) at us and I thought we gave them a good game.”
LSU starter Carley Hoover (2-0) fought through the Notre Dame lineup, earning the win after giving up both Irish runs on six hits with three strikeouts and a walk in five innings.
In the crucial final two innings, Allie Walljasper stood firm and allowed no runs on three hits to claim the save.
All of the Tigers’ three hits on the day were for extra bases, coming from the bats of Bianka Bell, Sahvanna Jaquish and Sandra Simmons. Bailey Landry didn’t register a hit, but her sacrifice bunt led to the Notre Dame error that ignited the LSU scoring in that first inning.
“We were staying confident,” Landry said. “We were keeping a good head on our shoulders, listening to what the coaches were telling us and just playing our game.”
Rachel Nasland (1-1) suffered the loss after giving up three runs. She had six strikeouts to just two walks. Nasland was efficient the rest of the way, as three different Irish players finished with two hits, including a solo home run from Micaela Arizmendi.