Tigers waste no time disposing of LadyBacks

Julie Wiese broke out of series slump with a double and a home run and Kristin Schmidt pitched a complete game 4-hitter as the Tiger softball team blanked Arkansas 8-0, Wednesday afternoon at Tiger Park. <br><br> The win gave LSU the series victory after the teams split a doubleheader on Tuesday evening. The Tigers (40-12, 16-7 SEC) prepare for a three-game stint at Auburn this weekend.

"When we are focused an in tune with what we are doing we can be pretty good," LSU head coach Yvette Girouard said. "It makes that loss last night look even more devastating, but we have to get past that."


LSU hammered the LadyBacks 10-1 in the first game of Tuesday's twinbill while Arkansas stole a 6-5 decision in game two.


The Tigers got the offense going in the bottom of the first frame when LaDonia Hughes was awarded first base after getting hit by a pitch. Christy Connor scored Hughes with a single to center and came across herself when Wiese slapped a two-run homer off the leftfield fair pole.


As a team LSU pounded out 11 hits on the day.


"Bats can heat up and cool down very quickly," Girouard said. "I think this is what we have been capable of all year long, but it is just starting to show up now."


The Tigers added another run in the second when Hughes reached on an infield single and scored on a Tessa Lynum singled.


LSU went scoreless in the third put up two-spots in the fourth and fifth stanzas to run-rule Arkansas and notch the win.


Connor led all LSU hitters going 3-for-3 with a double and two singles. Wiese homered and doubled while Leigh Ann Danos, Blair Smith and Camille Harris all collected two-baggers.


Schmidt rebounded nicely from a rough outing in the nightcap on Tuesday. The Houston, Texas junior went the distance, working five innings, giving up no runs on just four hits with five strikeouts. It was her 11th complete game shutout of the season.


"She (Schmidt) came back well," Girouard said. "She was a little on edge last night because she had to keep working out of jams. But she looked sharper today."

LSU will be back in action at Auburn this weekend before returning home next week for the home finale against Southern Miss, Tuesday at 6:30.

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