New Orleans, Louisiana 2021-05-07 21:34:00 –
The steady improvement of the LSU softball team throughout the season is due to a mix of veterans and young people. At the crucial moment on Friday, the two teamed up.
Freshman Leleen Gutierrez hit a sacrifice fly inning in the seventh inning, beating the 13th Tigers 2-1 against Auburn in the opening round of a three-game series at Tiger Park.
This situation was set up when senior Amanda Doyle led a double inning against one of the league’s toughest pitchers, Shelby Rowe. Pinch runner Akiya Times was sacrificed by Georgia Clark in 3rd place, after which Gutierrez hit a second ball from low to deep in the middle right, ending the game and winning Shelby Sanseri (8-6). It became.
“Just before the turn at bat, coach (Howard) Dobson told me to tomahawk it and take it to the outfield,” Gutierrez said. “We were celebrating because I knew the Times would score when I hit it.
“You need to seize the opportunity. Just before the turn at bat (pitcher), Shelby looked in my eyes and said,” You have it. Trust you. Trust you.’She It was great on the mound, and our defense was just crazy. “
A week after Sanseri lost a 1-0 heartbreaker in the 7th inning against No. 1 Arkansas, Sanseri showed an even better pitch. She allowed three hits and two hits without allowing a walk. She got a lot of help from the defense, especially Doyle, who handled the six fielding chances perfectly.
“I was relaxed all the time. The defense was astounding. Amanda Doyle did some great play, Taylor Tidwell did a diving catch. When someone put the ball into play, it There was no doubt that I would be caught.
“It’s a new day, a new team, a new opportunity. That’s the momentum we have to bring there. Last week was a big loss, but that’s what it is. Come out, one pitch at a time. You have to play one by one. “
LSU improved to 30-17 and 12-10 in SEC play. Auburn is 26-20, 6-16.
The only home run Sanseri allowed was in the third inning with ninth batter Aspin Godwin hitting a home run in the fifth inning. Auburn last played a home run at 20. Sanseri also got out of the jam in the top of the seventh inning when Auburn put lead-off batter Makena Dowell in second place with a single and an error.
One after that, LSU eradicated Pinch Runner Keila Houghton in a fielder’s choice, and Sanseri hit Maia Engelquez with a simple grounder to score the final out.
Rowe (13-8) was at the end of a broken heart this time. She allowed five hits and walked nothing with four strikes. Before the 7th inning, when the Tigers scored the only run in a single run, LSU had only one runner on third base. Aria Andrews scored single, second and scored with a hit by Taylor Pleasants.
LSU coach Beth Trina said Doyle’s turn at bat was the biggest moment. Doyle hit and jumped out before, but connected straight for a line drive in the left midfield gap. The ball was carried away from the glove of the fielder Makhaira Packer at the dive center. Clark performed a perfect sacrifice bunt to move the Times to third place, and Gutierrez hit a deep fly in the center right field to allow the Times to stand up and score.
“It’s huge and some of its advanced magic,” Trina said of Doyle. “The run from Georgia was great, especially in the pitching up of the zone. Raeleen takes the time — I’m confident in all our little kids at those moments. She wants her I did exactly what I did. “
The team will play Saturday at 6 pm and conclude the series at 1 pm on Sunday.
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