The first half of the doubleheader looked as if it was headed to extra frames tied 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh when Blair Smith ripped a one-out triple to right center. Megann Steege followed suit with an RBI single scoring Smith, putting the game on ice for LSU (9-3).
Smith has been a nice surprise for the Tigers swinging a steady bat in the early goings of the 2003 season. Through 12 games, the sophomore shortstop has collected nine hits already compared to 28 hits in 67 games a year ago. Smith matched her double total a year ago with her third of the season Wednesday and the three-bagger was the first of her career.
"Blair Smith, I mean, wow!" Girouard said. "The production we are getting out of her and Sarah Fitzgerald, those are bats that were almost non-existent a year ago."
Smith finished the night batting 3-for-6 with a triple, double and a single. Fitzgerald also went 3-for-6 with a double and a pair of singles.
The Tigers received outstanding pitching performances from Kristin Schmidt and Tessa Lynam. Both LSU hurlers went the distance for Girouard's club. Schmidt (4-3) allowed one run on a pair of hits with eight strikeouts in the first game. Lynam (5-0) struck out nine while giving up no runs on three hits notching the shutout win.
In the nightcap, LSU opened the game with a run in the bottom of the first. The Tigers made it a 3-0 game with a two-spot in the fourth before plating single runs in the fifth and sixth frames.
Big sticks in the first game belonged to Fitzgerald, Smith and Jennie Reeves, who collected a double. LSU centerfielder LaDonia Hughes tagged a triple in game two and in addition to her game-winning hit in the first game, Steege added a double in the second portion of the twinbill in going 3-for-6 on the day.