SLU blanked at Tiger Park

Thanks to the re-emergence of the third baseman Julie Wiese's power stroke and a new found aggressiveness at the plate, the LSU Tigers beat Southeastern Louisiana 7-0 Tuesday night in Tiger Park.

"We hit the ball hard," head coach Yvette Girouard said. "We hit the ball well with some power and played good defense. I was happy with the performance."

The Tigers (34-11) got on the board in their first at-bat with Leigh Ann Danos' fielder's choice that scored second baseman Sara Fitzgerald.

Wiese pushed the Tigers lead to 2-0 in the second inning with a towering solo home run over the left field wall. The junior third baseman would add another homerun in the sixth inning; tying a school record for most home runs in a game.

Wiese was the last Tiger to accomplish the feat when she had two home runs against Georgia on March 31, 2001, en route to setting the LSU single-season home run record with 12.

Wiese was happy to finally get her power swing back.

"It's about time," Wiese said. "I hope I won't' be as streaky as I have been in the past. Maybe I can get a little more consistent. That's my goal and I hope that I can pull it off."

Wiese also credits her new batting stance as one of the main reasons for her success.

"I've moved my hands to a new spot," Wiese said. "I'm just trying to focus on line drives; I'm just trying to be more relaxed in the box."

Girouard was happy to see Wiese hitting the ball well again.

"She had such a fabulous freshman year and then had a drop-off her sophomore campaign, started off really good again this year and then kind of went through a little slump," said Girouard. "So hopefully she's going to get hot at the right time for us."

In addition to Wiese's exploits at the plate, Girouard was happy to see her team's aggressiveness at the plate, something that she has emphasized in the last week.

"We've been working on it," Girouard said. "We kind of pay a price for all the fat pitches we've looked at so we're trying to make our team as aggressive as possible right now. We've really worked on that in the last couple of weeks."

Sophomore Tessa Lynam (14-2) was again solid on the circle for the Tigers, picking up the complete game shutout with two hits, five strikeouts and two walks.

"I thought I pitched well but not as good as I can," Lynam said. "I'm working back to pitch well for the team."

Lynam said that her approach in the circle does not change when she faces an in-state opponent as opposed to a Southeastern Conference team.

"I just try to prepare for any team like their no better than any one else," Lynam said. "You always just try to play LSU ball, play every team as hard as you can."

"I thought Tessa threw pretty good," Girouard said. "We obviously wanted her to throw tonight and she did a great job. She got herself in a jam a couple of times, but she threw well all night long."


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