LSU shortstop Bianka Bell continued swinging a hot bat as the Tigers softball team pounded out 10 hits, while Baylee Corbello struck out eight and gave up just four hits in an 8-0, six-inning win over Mississippi State on Saturday night at Tiger Park.
Bell helped put the Tigers (34-20, 13-10 Southeastern Conference) on top in the first inning with a three-run homer. She sealed the game in the sixth with an RBI double to end the game by the run rule.
“(Bell) is seeing the ball really well. I think the fact that Sahvanna Jaquish is swinging the ball so well in front of her gives Bianka a lot of pitches,” LSU coach Beth Torina said.
“The two of them combined help each other out so much. She is seeing a lot of pitches and seeing them really well,” Torina said.
Allison Falcon went 2-for-3 with an RBI for LSU, while Jacee Blades was 2-for-4 with two runs.
Freshman Constance Quinn hit her third home run and scored two runs.
“I just saw the pitch,” Quinn said of her homer. “I’ve been working on keeping my forearm down and trusting what the coaches tell me going up to bat. When I hit it, I knew it was going to the fence. So I just ran until I saw it over.”
Corbello (17-7) got her 19th complete game.
“My mindset was to attack and not try to be perfect,” Corbello said. “I knew our defense worked hard all week. I knew I worked hard all week on hitting spots and being accurate. I knew I was going to get tougher umpires. I put all that in my mindset.”
Alison Owen lasted just one inning for Mississippi State (37-18, 9-14), giving up five runs on four hits with two walks.
The teams close out the regular season at 1 p.m. Sunday at Tiger Park.