LSU splits twinbill with LadyBacks

LSU pounded the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks 10-1 in game one of a doubleheader Tuesday night at Tigers Park. <br><br> But thanks to two critical errors by shortstop Blair Smith that resulted in four Arkansas runs, the Lady Razorbacks won game two 6-5.

LSU head coach Yvette Girouard was disappointed in her team's play in game two.

 

"We let that one (game two) get away from us," Girouard said. "We run ruled them in the first game and we come out hitting the ball again in game two. We had opportunities early to put them away. They (Arkansas) hit the ball and we didn't get any pitching in the second game, didn't make any defensive plays when we needed to, and left too many runners on base."

 

Outfielder Camille Harris put the Tigers on the board in the first game in the second inning with a two-run triple to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.

 

LSU put the game out of reach in the fourth inning when they erupted for eight runs on eight hits. Designated player Tessa Lynam and first baseman Christy Connor smacked back-to-back homeruns in the inning for the Tigers and second baseman

Sara Fitzgerald had a two-run triple, the third of the game for the Tigers, setting the new school record for triple in a game.

 

Kristin Schmidt picked up the victory for the Tigers as the junior right-hander gave up only one run on three hits in five innings of work.

 

With her seventh inning strikeout of centerfielder Candice Swan to end the game, Schmidt moved into second place in the LSU record books for career strikeouts with 444.

 

Schmidt credited the Tiger bats, which gave her 10 runs of support as a major factor to her success.

 

"Our bats have been unbelievable," Schmidt said. "Everyone has been seeing the ball well and that makes my job easier."

 

In the second game, the Tigers again took an early lead but were not able to hold it, losing 6-5.

 

Centerfielder LaDonia Hughes gave the Tigers an early 2-0 lead with a two-run single in the third inning.

 

The lead was pushed to 3-0 when the hot hitting Harris launched her sixth homerun of the season over the left field wall.

 

Arkansas responded with an unearned run in the fourth inning and two in the fifth to tie the game at three.

 

Schmidt replaced Lynam in the sixth inning. After striking out pinch-hitter Ruth Atkins, Schmidt hit pitcher Heather Schlichtman and gave up a double to shortstop Mindy O'Malley.

 

Schmidt then retired Candice Swan for the second out, but second baseman Blaire Woodward reached on a Blair Smith error, her second of the game, which also scored Atkins and O'Malley. The lead was pushed to 6-3 when Woodward scored on a RBI single by Kim Eiben.

 

The Tigers got two runs in the seventh inning but a fly out by shortstop Lauren Delahoussaye fly-out ended the Tigers rally.

With the split, the Tigers fall to 39-12 overall and 15-7 in the SEC. Arkansas is now 23-31 and 7-19 in Southeastern Conference play.


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