CLEARWATER, Fla. – Junior pitcher Ali Kilponen delivered a in a big moment Sunday, helping No. 21 LSU stop a three-game losing streak in a complete=game effort with a 2-0 victory over Texas Tech to conclude the St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational at the Eddie C. Moore Complex.
Kilponen (4-1) tossed her third complete game and first shutout this season. She carried the team with eight strikeouts with no walks, held the Red Raiders to three hits and no runs on the strength of a highlight-reel catch from center fielder Ciara Briggs who crashed through the temporary fence to rob a home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Briggs and McKenzie Redoutey went 2-for-3 at the dish and scored runs, Hayden Brown and Georgia Clark were each credited with an RBI in the game.
In the third inning, Briggs reached on her second bunt single of the game and Clark drove her in on a sacrifice fly to right field. The Tigers (6-5) increased their lead, 2-0 when Brown pinch hit in the fourth frame and cashed in with an RBI single to center field. Redoutey crossed home plate from Brown’s at bat after her double to get on base.
LSU will head back to Baton Rouge, La. and host the Purple & Gold Challenge Feb. 25-27 at Tiger Park.