BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU had one of the most historic weekends in program history. Maribeth Gorsuch threw the first seven-inning perfect game in program history. Head coach Beth Torina won game number 500. Shelby Wickersham threw her second career no-hitter, and catcher Morgan Cummins hit her first career grand slam. The milestones LSU achieved during the Purple and Gold Challenge, but the moments leading up to Gorsuch’s perfect game may be as special as her achievement.
“The seventh inning came and that’s when it kind of all hit me that I could throw a perfect game so I just kind of buckled down and went to work there, but it was really exciting moment. It was super special and after the game, everyone coming, having a group hug was super cool,” Gorsuch said.
“We were paying attention too so we kind of knew that little side note was happening. As it was going, we told her about it at one point and she said ‘don’t tell me that!’ We’re like it doesn’t matter you’re not going to do that for 21 batters. We don’t even want to do that. Then she ended up with the 21st first pitch strikes as well as the perfect game,” Coach Torina said.
The Tigers have started preparing for their road trip to Fullerton, California, for the Judi Garman Classic. LSU will face two ranked teams between the five games, including a match-up with second-ranked Washington.
“There’s always a little bit of excitement to playing good teams and really having some good competition. Those games are really fun, and we try not to put a ton of pressure on ourselves. We would be the only ones putting pressure on ourselves, and even if there is outside pressure, we don’t listen to that,” Cummins said.
LSU’s first game will be Thursday, February 27th, against Loyola Marymount. First pitch is 11:30 a.m. CST.
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