LSU forces deciding game 7 of softball regional
BATON ROUGE - The LSU Softball team forced a winner take all game 7 at the Baton Rouge regional against Arizona State. The Tigers, needing to win two to advance to the super regionals, beat the Sun Devils 5-0 in the first game of the day.
The win comes one day after Arizona State forced LSU into the loser's bracket of the regional with a 1-0 win. LSU put their season on the line later in the day against Nebraska and pulled out a 2-1 win in 10 innings.
The Tigers were led by freshman pitcher Carley Hoover facing off against ASU pitcher Breanna Macha for the second straight day. Hoover tossed both games for LSU against the Sun Devils, getting the complete game shut out win in Sunday's game. Hoover gave up 4 hits and 3 walks but struck out 8.
LSU got out to work early with back-to-back singles by A.J. Andrews and Bailey Landry. Two batters later, Sahvanna Jaquish hit an RBI single to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Andrews and Landry got on base again to lead off the 3rd inning. Andrews scored on a chopper to Haley Steele at 3rd base by Bianca Bell that the fielder couldn't handle. Steele was charged with the error, and the Tigers went up 2-0. LSU would get another in the 6th with back-to-back-to-back singles by Jaquish, Simons, and Constance Quinn. Quinn got two more RBI in the 7th with a bases loaded double to give the Tigers a 5-0 lead.
Game 7 of the Baton Rouge regional will start at 3:15pm at Tiger Park. The winner between LSU and Arizona State will face the winner of the Tuscon regional, where Arizona and Minnesota are in the regional final. Arizona needs one win to advance while Minnesota needs two. That game gets underway at 6 p.m. Tonight. If LSU wins, the super regional will be held at Tiger Park next weekend.
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