Corbello throws no hitter as LSU beats Northwestern State 11-0, moves to 22-0
BATON ROUGE, La. - After coming close last year and a couple times this season, LSU sophomore pitcher Baylee Corbello earned her first collegiate no-hitter as the Tigers defeated the Northwestern State Lady Demons 11-0 in five innings Tuesday at Tiger Park.
With a one-hitter and three-hit contest among her now 6-0 start to the season, Corbello threw the 35th no hitter in team history striking out eight with no walks and no balls leaving the infield on 62 pitches, joining teammate Kelsee Selman who threw one last year against Jackson State. This is the first five-inning no-hitter since Meghan Patterson earned one on Feb. 18, 2011.
"It feels great to finally hard work paying off. But all the pitchers having been working hard on trying to finish batters quicker, and not use all three balls that you have in the count," Corbello said. "I think everyone is doing a great job in the bullpen, so I feel like you'll see a lot of no-hitters from the other pitchers as well."
The Lake Charles, Louisiana, native had some help in the form of a big 10-run inning in the opening round of at-bats for the Tigers (22-0), finishing the game with nine hits, earning seven in the first inning alone. LSU didn't strike out at all in the contest, drawing six walks against three Northwestern State (9-12) pitchers, going 16-for-20 in advancement opportunities on the night.
"Hitting is very contagious. When someone starts hitting, it gives the next hitter confidence they can do it as well," head coach Beth Torina said. "We have shown we have a really potent offense. I think they are tough out one through nine. I think that is a big part of it that our lineup is very deep. I think once they get the ball rolling, they are tough to stop."
Seven different Tigers earned a hit on the night, led by Bailey Landry who extended her hitting streak to 14 games after going 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Sahvanna Jaquish was the only other player with multiple RBIs with two coming off of a double, while Bianka Bell was the third going 1-for-2 with two runs scored.
"There are a lot of us that are versatile and that can do different things at the plate," Landry said. "So we definitely make sure that, depending on the situation, we use what we have."
Shelby Sells (1-3) took the loss after allowing nine runs on six hits with two walks, as Skylar Cagle gave up the other two on a hit with three walks. The two combined for just an inning pitched, as Mikayla Brown pitched three innings allowing two hits with a walk.
The reigning national player of the week in A.J. Andrews got the hitting started for LSU in the top of the first, getting a single through the right side to take first, stealing second to get into scoring position. A bunt single by Landry not only got Andrews to third, but the throw allowed her to score as well making it 1-0 Tigers.
Bell ripped a double to dead center to put Landry at third and her at second base, with a walk to Jaquish loading the bases for LSU. A fielder's choice by Kellsi Kloss drove in Landry to make it 2-0, with Jaquish getting forced out at second to put runners at the corners. Sandra Simmons singled to right driving in Bell to spot LSU a three-run lead and putting two back on for the squad, as a walk to Constance Quinn scored another to make it 4-0.
After a fielder's choice grounder to force out a runner at home, Andrews came back to the plate and got plunked to drive in another run to make it 5-0 LSU. With two outs and the bases still juiced, Landry ripped a bases-clearing double to left center to put LSU up 8-0. After a pitching change, Bell drew a walk to take first, as Landry stole third to put runners back at the corners. On the very next play, Jaquish laced a double that rattled off the top of the fence for the double to score both, but was put out at third for the final out of the inning to give LSU a 10-0 lead.
Walks to Kloss and Simmons put two o for LSU in the bottom of the second, as Northwestern State went to its third pitcher of the night. After an infield popup and a fielder's choice grounder, Emily Griggs singled through the left side scoring Simmons as LSU took a commanding 11-0 lead over the Lady Demons.
Corbello had the perfect game going until the top of the fourth, when a pitch that started in the dirt well before reaching the plate hit the foot of the Lady Demon batter in the box for the hit by pitch to put the first NSU player on base for the rest of the night after retiring 10 straight batters.
"She did a great job, and made really good pitches," Torina said. ". She was sharp from inning number one. I thought her change-up was really good tonight. She had a really good day. We are proud of her."
LSU will be back in action this weekend, hosting the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tiger Park to open SEC play at 6 p.m. Friday.
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