LSU wins first SEC softball series

LSU was able to win their 41st consecutive Southeastern Conference series thanks to an outstanding pitching performance and the awakening of the Tiger bats, which totaled ten hits in a 6-1 victory over Tennessee.

LaDonia Hughes led LSU with a 3-for-4 day at the plate with two runs scored, prodiving enough offense for starting pitcher Kristin Schmidt. The junior from Houston improved to 10-5 in holding the Volunteers to one run on three hits, with six strikeouts and two walks .

""We came back," LSU head coach Yvette Girouard said. "Things looked kinda shaky in the first couple of innings, things weren't going our way. We regrouped, got ourselves together and I'm pleased with they way the series ended."

Tennessee (17-8, 1-2 SEC) took an early lead in the second inning when designated player Amber Rhinehart led off with a walk. Stacey Jennings' RBI single later in the inning would score Rhinehart to give the Volunteers a 1-0 lead.

"I just wanted to keep people off base," Schmidt said. "And after they (Tennessee) scored, we knew they couldn't score again."

LSU (18-6, 2-1 SEC) erupted for four runs in the third inning, as first baseman Tessa Lynam and second baseman Alicia Owen both had RBI singles. Christy Connor also drove in a run with a sacrifice squeeze bunt to give the Tigers had a 4-1 lead.

Girouard was happy to see her team finally get the clutch hit.

"Things started happening for us," Girouard said. "Balls had eyes, we started hitting the ball and we put pressure on them (Tennessee). We talked about that all weekend. They tended to kick the ball around a lot and we just needed to get the ball out of the air and hit the ball on the ground and good things would happen for us and eventually they did."

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