Strong pitching gives LSU softball twinbill sweep

Behind two outstanding pitching performances by junior Kristin Schmidt and sophomore Tessa Lynam, the LSU Tigers swept the Centenary Ladies 4-0 and 2-0 Wednesday evening at Tiger Park. <br><br> "Two wins, we'll take them," LSU head coach Yvette Girouard. "This is a much better Centenary team. They made a lot of good plays when they needed to make it. I saw some good things out there that made me happy."

Schmidt (17-9) was the star in game one as the Tigers ace hurled her third complete game no-hitter and fourth career no-hitter. Only a hit-batsman in the fifth inning separated Schmidt from her first career perfect game. Her 13 strikeouts were the most for the right-hander since striking out 14 against Nicholls State on March 12. Schmidt also retired the final two Lady hitters in game two for her third save of the season.


Girouard said that cutting down the number of walks and getting ahead of the hitters has been the biggest key for Schmidt's success.


"She's throwing much, much better," Girouard said of Schmidt. "She is quickly getting back to her old self."


Schmidt agrees with her coach's assessment.


"I felt really good tonight," Schmidt said. "I felt like I had command of all my pitches. I have just been getting ahead of hitters more instead of pitching from behind and keeping people off base more."


The Tigers (29-11) jumped on Ladies starter Cheyenne Daries (7-9) for three runs in the first inning as designated player Julie Wiese and freshman third baseman Lauren Delahoussaye both had RBI singles.


An insurance run was added in the sixth inning as Christy Connor's RBI single scored centerfielder LaDonia Hughes to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead.


Hughes was the star at the plate for the Tigers in game one as the junior from Farmville, Virginia tied a school record with four hits.


"LaDonia certainly needed some on-base occurrences," Girouard said. "That is what we need her to do, get on base. That is why she's here. She gets on base and creates havoc. She's got to create more opportunities for us."


In game two, a third-inning sacrifice fly by Sara Fitzgerald gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Alicia Owen's RBI double in the sixth inning gave the Tigers some insurance and a 2-0 lead.


Lynam (12-2) had a great performance in circle for the Tigers, shutting out the Ladies for sixth and a third innings, walking two and striking out five before giving way to Schmidt.


Girouard was happy to see Lynam's resurgence in the circle.

"I was glad to see Tessa throw a little bit better," Girouard said. "We're going to need her. She's pitched better, she's got good pitches, and she's got to just better effort of throwing more good pitches in the game."

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