Long balls fly as LSU completes sweep of Ole Miss

LSU head coach Yvette Girouard had been waiting for her power hitters to step up all year - this weekend against Ole Miss, her wait came to an abrupt end. <br><br> Third baseman Julie Wiese and designated player Tessa Lynam both had homerun to lead the Tigers (39-11, 15-6 SEC) to a 6-3 victory over the Rebels Saturday afternoon in Tiger Park.

Girouard was happy to see her bats come alive.

 

"They absolutely have," Girouard said of the Tiger bats explosion. "We have a lot of confidence right now. We're hitting the ball with a lot of power. Julie Wiese has got to be seeing the ball like a beach ball right now. We've got some kids that are capable of swinging the bat and producing some big numbers for us and that's what happening right now."

 

The Rebels jumped on the Tigers for two first-inning runs when DeDe Justice launched a towering two-run homer over the left field wall giving the Rebels a 2-0 lead.

 

After Rebel starter Dana Brill retired the first six LSU batters, the Tigers erupted for four runs in the third inning.

 

Shortstop Blair Smith drew a one-out walk opening the third frame; Camille Harris was then hit by a pitch. Sara Fitzgerald cut the Rebel lead in half with a RBI single scoring Smith.

 

Two batters later, Wiese launched a mammoth three-run homerun over the left field wall giving LSU a lead they would never relinquish, up 4-2.

The Tigers added two more runs in the fifth inning when Lynam drilled a Lindsay Price pitch off the Tiger Park scoreboard pushing the Tiger lead to 6-2.

 

Despite being below 100-percent, the Tigers got a gutsy performance out of junior pitcher Kristin Schmidt. LSU's ace went all seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits while striking out nine.

 

Girouard credited Schmidt (23-9) for her gritty performance.

 

"I can't say enough about Kristin Schmidt," Girouard said. "She's the epitome of a warrior in the last two games because she's got a finger that's got a hole in it. She threw a lot of pitches last night and came back today. She was kind of off today but still the mark of a good pitcher is one that can win when she doesn't have her good stuff."

 

In the wake of giving up two runs and four hits through the first three innings, Girouard was satisfied with the way Schmidt bore down and shut the Rebels down for the rest of the game.

 

"She can settle down," Girouard said. "She can look a little rough but she settles down and it helps when her teams scores that many runs for her."

 

While Schmidt has been the star in the circle for the Tigers, Wiese has been LSU's top hitter. The junior from Central High School in Baton Rouge put together an outstanding week hitting .529 in five games with four home runs with three doubles and eight RBIs.

 

Tiger hitting coach James DeFeo tweaked Wiese's swing throughout the past week and it's paying dividends.

 

"She's seeing the ball really well," DeFeo said. "We made a couple of adjustments in her hands last week and she's really getting the job done right now."

With the win the Tigers (38-11, 14-6 SEC) remain in second place in the Southeastern Conference Western Division behind Alabama and are third in the race for the overall title behind Georgia and the Crimson Tide.


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