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LSU Softball Sweeps Kentucky, Can They Upset No.1 Texas in Mid-Week Showdown?

LSU entered the weekend as the only unbeaten team in the country and they exited the weekend the same way, unbeaten. Friday was slated to be a battle of aces as LSU sent Sydney Berzon to the circle while Kentucky sent Stephanie Schoonover. Both had been elite for their squads heading into the weekend. However, the Tiger offense had different plans as Schoonover would not make it out of the 3rd inning as she faced 21 batters giving up 8 hits, with 4 walks and 5 runs before she would get pulled. Berzon would go on to through a complete game and picking up the win to improve to (7-0) while striking out 5 batters. The Tigers would win by the score of (6-2) .

In game 2 of the series it looked like the Tigers offense was going to pick up where they left off as they opened up the first inning with Ali Newland driving home Ciara Briggs and then Raeleen Gutierrez would bring in Newland. Giving the Tigers a quick 2-0 lead before Kentucky would strike back with a run in both the first and third innings. Kelly Lynch was dealing for the Tigers as she struck out 8 batters in 5.2 innings before Torina made the move to bring in Raelin Chaffin. They went to the Top of the sixth inning knotted at 2 runs a piece. Maci Bergeron would come up with the clutch hit to right center and McKenzie Redoutey would score. In the bottom of the sixth Kentucky would even back up at 3 runs each. In the top of the seventh Sierra Daniel singled and reached second base on a throwing error. With two outs ,up walks Ali Newman who has turned into Miss Clutch. Newland singled to right field driving in Daniel to give the tigers the go ahead run. Raelin Chaffin would close out the 7th inning and picked up the win and improving to (7-0).

Game 3 of the series was actually a lot closer than the (8-3) score LSU would go on to win by. This game went to the third inning with goose eggs for both teams. In the Top of the third inning the Tigers would strike first with both McKenzie Redoutey and Maci Bergeron picking up an RBI with Briggs and Gutierrez. In the bottom of the fourth inning Kentucky would score two runs and even things up. Torina then would go the pen bringing in Berzon who would come in and notch a strikeout to end the inning.

The two squads went to the top of the 6th inning knotted up at 2 runs a piece with their undefeated season on the line and all hell would break loose as the tiger offense would roar to life. Kelly Lynch started the inning off with a strikeout before both Daniel and Briggs would each single putting runners on first and second base and up comes, you guessed it, Ali Newland who doubled to right field with Briggs advancing to third and Daniel scored making it (3-2) .

They did not stop there as Pleasants would pick up her third walk of the game to load the bases. They would then walk Gutierrez to bring home Briggs, prompting a pitching change. Newland would score off of a Redoutey fly out to center making it (5-2). Bergeron singled to left field loading the bases followed by a Petty single to left field that would bring both Pleasants and Gutierrez home making it (7-2). Lynch would cap off the scoring with a single up the middle and driving in Bergeron making it (8-2). The Wildcats would add one run in the bottom of the inning but it was too little, too late. Berzon and Chaffin would both throw just over 3 innings each and combine for 8 strikeouts with Berzon getting the win and improving to (8-0) on the season and the Tigers would extend the streak to (22-0).

The Tigers will return to action on Tuesday at 11 am CT as they welcome the No.1 Texas Longhorns to Tiger Park .



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