BATON ROUGE, La. – Both LSU’s pitching and hitting have been hitting their strides going into the Purple and Gold Challenge with four run-rule wins before Friday’s game. The Tigers’ arm and bats continued the pace against Belmont and Sam Houston State on Friday with just one hit between both games, and sophomore pitcher Shelby Wickersham threw her second career no-hitter against the Bearkats.
“It’s just so awesome. It just shows me how much a team puts into everything. Without my catcher Morgan behind the plate getting the calls for me, without our defense making the plays, without our offense scoring a bunch of runs to cut the game short, without all that, it’s less likely. That was pretty cool,” Wickersham said.
LSU reached several career milestones Friday night, and the Tigers’ 12-0 win against Sam Houston State marked head coach Beth Torina’s 500th career win, and both Torina and catcher Morgan Cummins took in the surreal moment.
“It’s really a really cool thing and not because of the milestone, but because it makes me think about all the people that made the milestone happen,” Coach Torina said.
“She’s an incredible woman, and I am so honored to be able to say that she’s my coach. There’s nobody like her. Absolutely nobody, and she inspires us every single day,” Cummins said.
Cummins was the third Tiger to headline LSU’s performance. When LSU was up 8-0 in the bottom of the third inning, the sophomore hit her first career grand slam to extend the Tigers’ lead to 12-0. The pitch was actually going to be a ball, but Cummins made contact.
“Honestly, I didn’t realize how low it was until I came in the dugout and all my teammates told me that it was that low. I really just saw the pitch, and I wanted to swing at it so I swung. I guess I just had a good body with it.”
LSU will finish day two of the Purple and Gold challenge on Saturday. The Tigers’ start the double-header against Sam Houston State at 2:30 p.m.
Click the video to hear from Cummins and Torina on the coach’s 500th career win.