Softball blanks SE LA

Behind a three-hit shutout from Emily Turner, the 19th-ranked LSU softball team topped in-state rival Southeastern Louisiana, 6-0, on Thursday evening at Tiger Park.

With the win, the Tigers improved to 17-3 on the season, while the Lady Lions dropped to 4-7. LSU will now travel to the Norman Residence Inn Invitational in Norman, Okla. The Tigers will take on No. 10 Oklahoma and Troy in the two-day tournament. LSU begins action on Saturday at noon against the Lady Trojans before facing the nationally ranked Sooners at 2:15 p.m.

Turner earned the complete-game win to improve to 5-1 on the season. She allowed just three singles with no walks while striking out 12, one shy of her season best.

"I thought it was important for Emily to throw tonight," said LSU head coach Yvette Girouard. "She had a rough outing against Oregon State and we wanted to give her back a little bit of confidence. She threw hard and I thought her ball moved well. She was in control during the game."

Four Tigers posted multiple-hit games, with Stephanie Hill going 2-for-2 with a double, a walk and an RBI. Leslie Klein and Lauren Delahoussaye each went 2-for-3 on the night, while Lauren Castle was 2-for-4. In addition, Camille Harris posted a pair of RBIs on one hit.

LSU wasted no time in getting on the board. In the bottom of the first, Castle led off with an infield single. With Dee Dee Henderson running for Castle at first, Henderson stole second. After a walk to Hill, Henderson scored on an RBI single to left field by Klein.

In the bottom of the second, the Tigers added two more runs. Delahoussaye led off with an infield single. With Heidi Robin running for Delahoussaye, Robin moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Andrea Smith. Shannon Stein was then hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second.

An infield ground out by Castle moved Robin to third and Stein to second. A double by Harris scored Robin and Stein to extend the lead to 3-0 before Harris was thrown out trying to extend the double into a triple.

LSU stretched the lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out, Harris reached on a fielding error by the SLU shortstop. A double to right center scored by Hill scored Harris as Hill advanced to third on a throwing error by the second baseman. An RBI single by Klein scored Hill for second run of the inning.

With Quinlan Duhon on first after a fielder's choice got Klein going to second, Duhon advanced to second as the ball was being held by the pitcher in the circle. A wild pitch then moved Duhon to third before she scored on a second wild pitch to close out the scoring for the game.

Rachael Schwartz started and took the loss for Southeastern Louisiana, falling to 4-3 on the year. She allowed three runs, all earned, on six hits with two walks and no strikeouts in four innings. Jessica Sander came on in relief and allowed three runs, all earned, on four hits with no walks or strikeouts in two innings of work.

LSU's game on Friday against Oklahoma in the Norman Residence Inn Invitational will have streaming video courtesy of the Sooners available in the GeauxZone powered by USAgencies. In addition, live stats will also be available on LSUsports.net for all games.

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