BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU hosted Illinois State Sunday afternoon for the Round Robin finale. The Tigers beat the Redbirds 5-1 in their Saturday game, and LSU’s bats were more active in round two.
The Tigers scored three runs in the first inning, two were a Taylor Pleasants sac-fly for an Aliyah Andrews score. Sophomore pitcher Maribeth Gorsuch was in the circle for the Tigers. Minus a one-run homer in the top of the third, Gorsuch stifled Illinois State, allowing just three runs for the game.
LSU went into the six inning with a 6-1 lead. With three total runs in the bottom of the frame, Jordyn Perkins ended the afternoon game with an RBI single to left center, and Akiya Thymes scored the Tigers’ ninth run of the game. LSU beat Illinois State 9-1 in six, and with conference play starting in the next week, the Tigers are pleased with the young core’s development.
“It’s really cool to see where we started and how young we are. We don’t even seem young. We don’t act young. We don’t perform young so I think we’re going to be really successful in SEC play, and then going into post season, we’re really excited for what this team is capable of,” Gorsuch said.
“They’ve done a good job. I think our young kids have grown a lot already. I think they’ve shown a lot of things, not just in at bats and pitch selection, but being really solid on defense. We’re seeing them making a lot of ‘not-just-routine’ plays but a lot of great ones too,” head coach Beth Torina said.
LSU will host South Alabama Tuesday night at six, and the Tigers begin conference play at South Carolina on March 13th.