ATHENS, Ga. – The No. 8/6 ranked LSU softball team claimed a 11-4 win over the Georgia Bulldogs in game one of the three-game series Friday evening at Jack Turner Stadium. The Tigers improve to 26-6 on the year and 5-2 in the SEC. Georgia falls to 25-7 on the season and 1-3 in the league.
The Tigers got on the board first in the first inning. Aliyah Andrews singled to third base and moved to second on an Amanda Sanchez walk. Andrews stole second and scored on a Shelbi Sunseri sacrifice fly to right, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
Georgia answered in the bottom of the first with a three-run home run off LSU starter Shelby Wickersham. The Bulldogs tacked on another run, scoring from second off a single to right field, forcing the Tigers to make a change in the circle. The Tigers went to Kilponen and she struck out two to get out of the inning.
The Tigers scored seven runs in the second as Amanda Sanchez drew a bases-loaded walk, bringing in Amber Serrett from third with one out. The rallied continued with a Shemiah Sanchez grand slam, her third grand slam on the year and fourth in her career, giving the Tigers a 7-4 lead. The offense didn’t stop there as Elyse Thornhill hit a solo shot over the right field wall, pushing the Tigers up 8-4.
After three scoreless innings, the LSU bats came alive again. Amanda Sanchez led off the sixth with a double to left field. Sunseri followed with a double into the outfield, scoring Sanchez from second. Shemiah Sanchezthen singled to left field to score Sunseri.
The Tigers tacked on one more run in the seventh. Sunseri single to shallow left center field to score pinch runner Akiya Thymes from second, extending the Tigers lead to 11-4.
Kilponen picked up her first SEC victory in the circle. She allowed seven hits and no runs, while striking out seven in 6.2 innings of work. Wickersham allowed four runs off four hits in her 0.1 innings of work.
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