Cody Trahan and Casey Faile combined for 10 strikeouts as the number 20 LSU softball team pushed its winning streak to five games with a 3-1 victory over Southern Miss Wednesday at the new Tiger Park.
Trahan tossed five innings of one-hit ball with eight strikeouts to improve to 2-0, while Faile got out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh inning to pick up her second save of the season and secure the 3-1 win.
“It’s to the point where we’ve gotten Cody off of a pitch count,” head coach Yvette Girouard said. “As long as she can go and if she continues to pitch well, she is going to be out there. It was a little cool tonight so we wanted to get her out to make sure she is fine for the challenging weekend ahead.”
LSU (11-4) scored runs in each of the first three frames as the Tigers won its 16th consecutive game against Southern Miss under head coach Yvette Girouard.
Rachel Mitchell and Kirsten Shortridge provided a pair of one-out, RBI-singles in the first and second innings. Shortridge finished 2-for-3 with a walk and bumped her average to over .400 for the season.
The Tigers turned a pair of Southern Miss (6-10-1) fielding errors into an unearned run to make it 3-0 after three innings.
LSU had chances to extend the lead but left 10 runners on-base, including eight in scoring position.
“Offensively, it was the same old story,” Girouard said. “We have got to start getting players to produce in primetime situations with runners in scoring position. Someone has to step up and get a hit so we can put the game away. On the bright side, Kirsten [Shortridge] continues to be a phenomenal player and I thought Jessica [Mouse] hit the ball hard.”
Trahan set the tone in the circle by sitting down three of the first five batters she faced via the strikeout. After a leadoff walk in the third inning, Trahan finished strong by retiring the final eight batters in order.
“There was a lot of mix tonight,” Trahan said. “I had to be careful with my curve and screw balls, but I felt good locating my change-up. They fouled off a lot of pitches, but I mixed it up enough to get the necessary outs.”
The Golden Eagles strung together two walks and a single to fill the bases with two outs in the seventh inning. An Ashley Langoni fielding error drew Southern Miss within 3-1 before Faile regrouped to get Courtney Hill to ground out to second base to end the threat.
LSU returns to the road for the first time since opening weekend traveling to the NFCA Leadoff Classic. The Tigers have games slated against No. 13 DePaul, No. 18 Northwestern along with Florida State and Georgia Tech, who are receiving votes in the latest NFCA Top 25 poll.