Fueled by a 3-for-3 effort from Kirsten Shortridge coupled with a seven-strikeout performance from Cody Trahan in the circle, the number 19 LSU softball team dismantled Nicholls 8-0 in five innings Wednesday at the new Tiger Park.
LSU (12-4) pushed its winning streak to six games and won its 16th consecutive game in the series against the Colonels.
“The offense did a lot of great things tonight,” head coach Yvette Girouard said. “We were swinging at good pitches and extending innings which was one of the adjustments that we’ve been talking about. Kirsten is constantly money for us at the top of the lineup, and the freshman came through in primetime situations with runners on-base.”
Shortridge opened the first inning with an infield single and moved to second base on her 10th stolen base of the season.
A single from Juliana Santos and a double from Rachel Mitchell gave the Tigers a 2-0 edge. LSU added a run in the second inning to make it 3-0 on a Shortridge RBI-single to score Courtney Hollier, who reached on a four-pitch walk.
Trahan set the tone in the circle mowing down seven of the first nine batters she faced en route to her third consecutive win. The Texas native has only been touched up for a trio of hits to go along with 21 strikeouts in 14 innings of work over her last three starts.
“Every time we play an in-state school we have a target on our backs,” Trahan said. “We wanted to go out, focus on our game and make things happen.”
The Tigers used a two-out rally in the third inning aided by a Mitchell walk followed by an Ashley Langoni RBI-double off the left centerfield wall. Langoni came around to score on a wild pitch to push the advantage to 5-0.
LSU tacked on a pair of unearned runs in the fourth inning as Hollier and Shortridge teamed up on a double steal and came around to score on a throwing error by Nicholls catcher Haley Burkett to give the Tigers a commanding 7-0 lead.
Walks drawn by Ashley Langoni and Morgan Russell along with a Katie Guillory infield single loaded the bases full of Tigers in the fifth. Shortridge worked a two-out walk to cap the 8-0 victory.
“I think we did an excellent job of passing the bat,” Shortridge said. “There has been a lot of frustration on offense. Making adjustments quick is what really matters and I think everyone saw that tonight.”