LSU Sports Information
By: Chelsey Chamberlain
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The LSU Softball team used a late comeback to walk-off Liberty, 4-3, in the first game on Saturday of the Bama Bash in Tuscaloosa. The Tigers improve to 4-1 on the year while Liberty falls to 6-2.
In the bottom of the seventh, Amanda Doyle doubled to right center to score pinch runner Akiya Thymes from first. Thymes pinch ran for Taylor Pleasants, who led off the inning with a single to center.
The Tigers' comeback started in the fifth inning after loading the bases. Andrews led off the inning with a walk and moved to third on a Pleasants' double to center. Doyle followed with a walk and Georgia Clark hit a deep sac fly to center to score Andrews. Pleasants came in on another sac fly by Shelbi Sunseri before Doyle was plated by a Ciara Briggs' single to center.
Liberty got on the board first in the second inning after a solo home run over the right center wall off LSU starter Maribeth Gorsuch. The Flames took a 3-0 lead in the top of the fifth off a two-out, two-run home run to right center. The Tigers made a pitching change, going to Shelby Wickersham.
Wickersham came in strong and forced a groundout to get out of the fifth. The sophomore and the Tigers' defense came together and sat down the next six Liberty batters.
Wickersham earned the win in the circle, her first on the season. She tallied one strikeout in her 2.1 innings of work. Gorsuch recorded four strikeouts.
At the plate, Doyle and Pleasants both went 2-for-3. Doyle, Clark, Sunseri and Briggs each had an RBI.
The Tigers face Alabama in their second game on Saturday at 4 p.m. Live stats are available at LSUStats.com.