Bench leads Tigers to sweep

LSU head coach Yvette Girouard wanted to use Wednesday's doubleheader against Jackson State as an opportunity to give her lesser-used players an opportunity to contribute.<br><br> Mission accomplished.

Thanks to outstanding efforts by three seldom-used players, LSU (22-7) swept Jackson State in two five-inning run rule shortened games Wednesday night in Tiger Park. LSU took won both games by a score of 8-0.

Girouard was happy with the play of her bench, and said it also served as a wakeup call for the Tiger starters.

"You got to take the opportunity when the opportunity is presented to you," Girouard said. "Some people that hadn't got to play a lot got to play tonight and they did a very good job. We have some good things here. Those bats that have gone dead on us are maybe going to be on the bench and people that are swinging it are going to be playing. They know that. The bottom line is the people who hit are going to play."

Freshman outfielder Camille Harris led the Tiger attack. The Hendersonville, Tenn., native went 4-for-5 and drove in four runs. She also had her second career home run.

"Camille's making a statement for herself," Girouard said. "She's swinging the bat and she brings a lot of intangibles to our lineup because she is so quick. She's got a ton of talent."

The unselfish Harris said she just wants to contribute to the team's success any way she can.

"I just want to do anything that is beneficial for my team, put runs on the board and win."

Catcher Leigh Ann Danos also had an outstanding night at the plate. The sophomore from Lafayette picked up three hits and drove in four runs. It was her home run in the third inning of the second game that capped off an eight-run at-bat for the Tigers.

"She's been hurt," Girouard said of her catcher. "She's so capable of tearing the cover off of the ball."

Another Lafayette product, freshman outfielder Lauren Delahoussaye had an outstanding game for the Tigers. Delahoussaye equaled her season hit total in game one as she had two singles and added another single in game two.

The freshman outfielder credits her hard work in practice as the reason for playing time.

"I'm definitely excited that I even got to play," Delahoussaye said. "As a freshman it is hard to get in, but you got to work hard to do it. The more time I have, the more comfortable I'll get."

The pitching duo of junior Kristin Schmidt (12-6) and sophomore Tessa Lynam combined to shutout the visiting Tigers. Schmidt hurled her third career no-hitter and struck out 12 while walking two.

If not for a seeing-eye single by Heather Shove to lead off the second inning of game two, Lynam (10-1) also would have thrown a no-hitter. It was her only hit allowed in five innings of work, and she recorded 11 strikeouts.

LSU travels to Athens, Ga., this weekend for a three-game series against Georgia, one of the teams expected to challenge the Tigers defensive of the Southeastern Conference title.

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