LSU Softball Squad Sweeps Bama

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 11:29pm

The LSU softball team earned a critical sweep picking up 3-2 and 6-5 victories over #2 Alabama Wednesday evening in-front of 1,635 fans at the new Tiger Park.

The Tigers (17-6, 4-2 SEC) erupted for five runs in the fifth inning in game two to turn a 5-1 deficit into a 6-5 lead. Jessica Mouse, Kirsten Shortridge and Jazz Jackson strung together a trio of singles to ignite the rally and load the bases for Juliana Santos, who was hit-by-a-pitch to pull LSU back to 5-2.

On the next pitch, Rachel Mitchell belted a bases clearing double into the left centerfield gap to even the score at 5-5. Ashley Applegate tacked on a single and Mitchell alertly scored the go-ahead when Alabama shortstop Kellie Eubanks dropped the throw into second base by right fielder Jennifer Fenton.

Shortridge nailed down the 6-5 win by retiring eight of the last nine batters she faced to improve to 3-2 in the circle. It was her first pitching appearance since facing UAB on February 21.