The No. 21 LSU softball team (5-5) was defeated by No. 16 Michigan 6-1 in Saturday’s second game at the St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational at the Eddie C. Moore Complex.
Danieca Coffey led the team offensively by going 3-for-4 at the plate, including an RBI double to set a new career-high for hits in a single game. Ciara Briggs recorded the other hit for the Tigers. Shelby Wickersham (0-3) got the start and had two strikeouts with three walks in two hits in 3.2 innings pitched, and Ali Kilponen came in relief, striking out four batters and giving up three hits in 3.1 innings.
The Wolverines put two runs on the board in the top of the second inning and padded their lead with three runs in the fourth and another in the fifth.
The Tigers made noise in the seventh inning with Stewart drawing a walk, and Coffey logging the double to score KK Madrey who pinch ran for Stewart.
Notre Dame 8, LSU 6
Notre Dame jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top half of the first inning, but LSU ended the frame with a 5-3 lead, drawing four walks, including an RBI walk for McKenzie Redoutey, and a grand slam over the right field wall from Ali Newland.
The Fighting Irish had a solo shot in the second to make it a one-run game, but Danieca Coffey’s 10th hit of the season got her on base, and she came around to score a couple batters later thanks to a throwing error to keep the two-run edge, 6-4.
ND crossed another run in the third inning and a solo shot in the fifth tied the game 6-6. Later in the seventh stanza, the Irish scored two runs off a single and fielding error to go into the bottom of the inning, 8-6. The Tigers went down in order to end the game.
Shelbi Sunseri moved to 2-1 in the circle after striking out four batters and giving up eight hits and four walks in the complete game effort.
LSU will finish the tournament tomorrow with first pitch slotted for 8 a.m. against Texas Tech on SEC Network.