By: Terrill J. Weil
Da Boot Sports!
Baton Rouge: The LSU Softball team (5-0 overall), would go 4-0 in the 2020 Tiger Classic this weekend, as they would easily defeat Florida A&M Sunday, 16-0.
Oklahoma State would post a 2-2 record in the Classic, while Florida A&M would finish 0-4.
The 16-0 victory would come in five innings, as the Tigers would register 14 hits, and every non-pitcher position player on the roster would see game action for the LSU. Starting pitcher Ali Kilponen would get the win, (1-0), pitching the first three innings, while Taylor Edwards, and Victoria Abrams would each pitch an inning to complete the contest. All three combined would pitch a no-hitter...
The Rattlers would go three up-three down in four of the five innings played, leaving one player on base, and finishing the game without a hit.
The Tigers would do all their damage in the second inning, as their half of the inning would last for 50 minutes, scoring 15 runs, and sending twenty players to the plate.
So far this season, the Tigers pitching staff has been the strength of the team, as Shelbi Sunseri (2-0), Ali Kilponen (1-0, two saves), Shelby Wickersham (1-0), and Maribeth Gorsuch (1-0), have all performed at a high level.
At the plate, LSU has been lead by freshman, Taylor Pleasants (9 hits, .692 batting average, two doubles, 4 RBIs, and a home run), and Sophomore, Georgia Clark (4 hits, .667 batting average, 5 RBIs, and two home runs).
Defensively, the Tigers have played solid, but have committed five errors in the first five games. This is not surprising, due to a young team with several new starters throughout the lineup, combined with early season jitters, have been the main contribute to the mistakes. Coach Torina and her staff will have the team show quick, solid improvement in this area.
Next up, the Tigers will host the LSU Invitational, (February 14th - February 16th), as Samford, UL-Lafayette, and North Dakota will visit Tiger Park to participate.
Beth Torina's Post Game Press Conference::
On what she liked most out of her team's performance…
"Well, I like seeing a lot of different players today, and I thought everybody stepped up and did their job. That was exciting, you know, I liked what the freshmen class brought to us this weekend. I thought that was really nice. I think, you know, before the first game, everybody's asking, 'How's the team going to be, how's the team going to be' and I think we proved the team's going to be OK."
On Ali Kilponen…
"I think she was fabulous all weekend. I think she is a really special player and person. I pulled her out of a perfect game, which is a terrible thing to do to somebody. But, she wanted to come out because she wanted the other kids to have an opportunity, and it's rare that you get a player like that, rare that you get a pitcher like that, but she is special and we are lucky to have her."
On the second inning…
"Yeah, we've had a couple of those in our time, you know, but I think it's just a nice opportunity to let kids that work equally as hard have some opportunities. I mean, all of our kids work hard, so it's nice to give some people opportunities. We were able to get everyone in at some point this weekend. Every kid on the team played this weekend, which is an amazing opportunity, so I think it's only going to make us stronger moving forward, that everybody will be seasoned, have an at-bat in the game, has pitched in a game, those kinds of things. I think it will make us stronger moving forward in an opportunity like this."
On the freshman pitching appearances…
"I thought it was fun, you know, I enjoyed seeing Taylor Edwards come out, she throws so hard, and then, you know I thought Victoria (Abrams) was able to fight through some nerves. I didn't think she looked nervous at all really, so you know it's nice to get them out there; you just never know how throughout the course of a season how you might end up needing somebody or using somebody."
By: Terrill J. Weil
Da Boot Sports!