It isn’t hard to win games when an offense scores nine runs in a single inning and a pitcher strikes out 11 batters in five innings.
That’s exactly what the LSU softball team did Tuesday night as the No. 7 Tigers cruised to a 10-0 win against Louisiana-Monroe.
“I thought they did exactly what we asked them to do,” coach Beth Torina said. “They had at-bats within their plan, which was cool. They hit the pitches they were supposed to hit; they took things they were supposed to take; and they were able to see a lot of different looks from Monroe and be successful with all of them.”
LSU exploded in the second inning with nine runs on seven hits, and the Tigers came close to batting around twice in a single frame.
Senior Emily Griggs led the charge Tuesday with two hits, including a bases-loaded single that score a pair of runs during the second-inning rally.
All but one of LSU’s hitters who registered an at-bat reached base at least once.
“Our coaches had a really good plan going into today,” Griggs said. “It was just up to us to execute and that’s exactly what we did.”
But even if the bats hadn’t erupted, LSU (5-0) would have been difficult to beat with Carley Hoover (2-0) mowing down just about everyone who stepped to the plate.
On top of her double-digit strikeout total, the senior allowed just one hit, a short blooper in the third inning.
“It felt really good. I felt really efficient,” Hoover said. “I loved what coach was calling tonight. Michaela (Schlattman) and CC (Caccamise) both looked great behind the plate tonight, and (shortstop Amber Serrett) made a few great plays in the field tonight, too. That always helps.”