LSU softball takes two from Lady Demons

After pulling out a nail biter in the front end of Wednesday's twinbill, the 9th-ranked LSU Tiger softball team pounded out nine hits en route to a 5-0 win over Northwestern State in the nightcap at Tiger Park. <br><br> LSU edged the Lady Demons (0-4) 2-1 in game one. <br><br> "Northwestern State has a very good team," LSU head coach Yvette Girouard said. "We have had trouble putting them away in the past."

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.

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