Winning in style

The No. 21 LSU softball team embarked on the next chapter of its storied history by christening the new Tiger Park Wednesday with a 6-0 victory over McNeese State in front of 2,172 fans on the LSU campus.

Prior the game, LSU honored its softball past and present as former alumni joined the current team on the field for the ribbon cutting ceremony.


Head coach Yvette Girouard cut the ribbon and spoke during the dedication along with Chancellor Mike Martin, Athletic Director Joe Alleva and former Athletic Director Skip Bertman. The 2,172 fans were the second-most to view a Tiger softball game.


Each of the head coaches from LSU’s women’s athletic teams threw out the ceremonial first pitch, including D-D Breaux (Gymnastics), Fran Flory (Volleyball), Brian Lee (Soccer), Adam Schmitt (Swimming & Diving), Dennis  Shaver (Track & Field), Karen Bashnen (Golf) and assistant coach Kenya Larkin-Landers (Basketball).


"First, I want to thank the tremendous crowd that came out here this evening," Girouard said. "Now we can breathe. The players were very nervous trying to get acclimated and they didn't look like they were very focused. We had some great things go our way and we pulled through."


The Tigers (4-2) moved to 13-0 in home openers since softball was reinstated in 1997 and have posted a shutout in 11 of those 13 games. LSU also won its 52nd consecutive home game in February under Girouard. 


LSU dented the scoreboard in the third inning as Kirsten Shortridge slapped a single to third base. She stole second and third base before Jazz Jackson ripped a double into the right centerfield gap to give the Tigers a 1-0 edge.


“I wanted our first game [in the new Tiger Park] to be memorable,” Jackson said. “I didn’t really think about driving in the first RBI. I just wanted our team to win.”


LSU struck for five runs in the fifth inning without a hit for the final margin of 6-0. The Tigers capitalized on two McNeese State (0-6) errors and five passed balls in the frame.


The Tigers play host to the Easton Tiger Classic this weekend and open pool play Friday at 6:00 p.m. against Ohio State.

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