By Tiger Rag News Services
BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU junior pitcher Carley Hoover tossed her second career no-hitter and the program’s 38th all-time as the Tigers defeated the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters 5-0 Wednesday night in Tiger Park.
Hoover (1-0) would get all the run support she needed as LSU (5-1) scored four runs in the second inning and one more in the fourth, as the Clemson, South Carolina, native went the distance and struck out 11 Louisiana Tech (5-1) batters over the course of the game, walking four on 115 total pitches. The last no-hitter was by Hoover against Tennessee Tech last season, as it was also the 15th no-hitter of at least seven innings.
Senior Bailey Landry was one of three LSU players to earn multiple hits on the night, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Sahvanna Jaquish was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a pair of walks, while Sydney Springfield was 2-for-4.
Louisiana Tech’s Preslee Gallaway (2-1) suffered the loss as she allowed five runs, three earned, on nine hits with a walk and three strikeouts. The Lady Techsters used three pitchers total, with Gallaway earning the bulk of the time in the circle with four innings.
The Game Turned When…
LSU scored four runs in the bottom of the second, breaking the scoreless knot between both teams. Shemiah Sanchez was hit by pitch to open the frame, with a Serrett single putting two on. A sacrifice bunt advanced the two over, as a Griggs single brought in the first run. An RBI single by Jaquish brought in another run, as a two-run error made it 4-0.
Carley Hoover: 7.0 IP, zero hits, 11 strikeouts, four walks, 115 pitches thrown
Bailey Landry: 3-4, two runs scored
Sahvanna Jaquish: 2-2, two RBIs, two walks
Sydney Springfield: 2-4
Emily Griggs: 1-4, RBI
Head Coach Beth Torina on Hoover getting ahead of batters on the night…
“She attacked the zone and used a lot of different pitches. Like I said, she had a lot of command. The good thing is, she was not really happy with how she threw over the weekend. [She] was able to go back and really analyze some things, get film and make some adjustments. We saw great results from that tonight.”
Pitcher Carley Hoover on what was working in the circle tonight…
“I think Coach Torina called a really good game. I think Sahvanna (Jaquish) was getting a lot of strikes called for me behind the plate, as well. She was working really well back there and she was getting my rise ball called for me. Some of the drop balls, the umpire wasn’t calling for strikes as much. My changeup was working well tonight so coach called that a lot in good counts.”
Hoover on her confidence level in the circle…
“I watched old film of me last year strutting around the mound and feeling great on the mound. I need that mentality even when I don’t have my best stuff. It’s the winning mentality verses just going out there and trying not to mess up. I think that’s been creeping in. It’s hard for it to not creep in after a whole fall and preseason of just practice and no competition.”
Catcher Sahvanna Jaquish on catching Hoover’s no-hitter…
“I think this is the first no hitter that I’ve ever caught in my life. Everything was working for Carley tonight. She was just on point, her timing was great, her mound presence was great, and her energy was really great so she deserved that no-hitter.”