Offense Stays Hot as No. 18 Softball Sweeps SLU

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 11:51pm

BATON ROUGE — Rachel Mitchell and Ashley Applegate combined for nine RBIs as the No. 18 LSU softball team cruised to 9-1 and 8-1 victories over Southeastern Louisiana Wednesday at the new Tiger Park.

Jazz Jackson and Kirsten Shortridge extended their hitting streaks to 12 and 11 games, respectively as LSU (27-10-1) combined for 23 hits, including a .458 batting average (11-for-24) with runners in scoring position.

“That has been the secret to our success lately,” head coach Yvette Girouard said. “We have been able to score in primetime situations and getting that base hit when people are on-base. That is what has helped us win more games.”

LSU returns to action and welcomes No. 1 Florida this weekend. Saturday’s doubleheader and Sunday’s single game begin at 1 p.m.

“We have a huge weekend and great pitchers coming in from Florida,” Girouard said. “We have a plan, and if we work hard enough the next couple of days, we will be able to give Florida our best shot.”

All three games of the Florida series will be live on The X 104.5 and 104.9 FM in the Baton Rouge area. Patrick Wright is set to call all of the action and live stats also are available on Saturday’s games also are televised live on CST.

Game 1 – LSU 9, Southeastern Louisiana 1 (6 Innings)

LSU fired out to a 5-0 advantage as the Tigers struck for a pair of runs in the second inning highlighted by Jessica Mouse and Kirsten Shortridge two-out, RBI-singles.

The Tigers added three more runs in the third inning. Juliana Santos opened the frame with a single through the left side and came around to score on a Rachel Mitchell double. Ashley Applegate and Mouse tacked on RBI-singles to make it 5-0.

Southeastern Louisiana scratched out a run in the fourth inning as Katy King knocked in a RBI-single to snap Casey Faile’s 27.1 innings streak without allowing an earned run. Faile racked up a career-best eight strikeouts and scattered one run on six hits to improve to 6-2.

“Playing more recently has boosted my confidence,” Faile said. “Just being able to get on the mound and pitch has helped me get into the groove.”

After a Shortridge RBI-single in the fifth inning to push the lead to 6-1, the Tigers closed the game out in-style in the sixth inning. Applegate slapped a RBI-single up the middle before Anissa Young belted a walk-off, two-run homer for the final margin of 9-1.

Game 2 – LSU 8, Southeastern Louisiana 1

Kirsten Shortridge, Jazz Jackson, Rachel Mitchell and Ashley Applegate reeled off multi-hit games as the Tigers came away with two runs in the first, third, fourth and five innings.

Mitchell platted Shortridge and Jackson in the first inning, while Mitchell and Applegate tacked on RBI-singles on the third inning.

Applegate cranked an RBI-triple and Anissa Young knocked in a run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning for the final margin of 8-1.

“We have been really working hard in practice this week on execution,” Appleagte said. “We know what we face this weekend with Florida coming here. They are the best team in the nation, and we wanted to use this game to work on some things.”

Brittany Mack surrendered one run and six hits allowing her only run on a wild pitch in the third inning. She improved to 11-2 on the season and has won nine of her last 10 decisions.