No. 14 LSU softball registers mercy-rule wins over North Carolina State, Brigham Young

LSU center fielder Ciarra Briggs (88) celebrates her grand slam homer with her teammates Friday against Brigham Young. PHOTO BY: LSU athletics

LSU freshman pitcher Aleah Johnson received plenty of support in her complete-game victory Friday over North Carolina State.

The No. 14 Tigers, who scored four times in the opening inning, batted around and scored eight run for a 12-0 mercy-rule victory in five innings over the Wolfpack in the Purple & Gold Challenge at Tiger Park.

LSU (29-6) completed a doubleheader sweep with a 10-2 mercy-rule victory over Brigham Young. The Tigers continue play in the event with a 4 p.m. game Saturday against Louisiana Tech.

“It was good, I liked what the offense did,” LSU softball coach Beth Torina said. “The offense did a good job continuing to apply pressure throughout the game. We scored in big numbers, so you always like to see that. Overall, it was a good day for the offense.”

LSU 12, North Carolina State 0 (5): Johnson (6-0) allowed three hits over four innings and walked one and struck out four. Fellow freshman Emma Strood pitched a perfect fifth inning in relief.

LSU piled up 10 hits off four pitchers from North Carolina State (12-21) with starter Rylee Wyman (1-7) taking the loss.

The Tigers had four players with multiple hits led by Georgia Clark with a 2-for-4 performance and a team-high four RBIs. Raeleen Gutierrez also went 2-4 with two RBIs.

Clark drove in two runs with a single to right-center field in the first, followed by a run-scoring single from Gutierrez. Taylor Pleasants also drove in a run on a groundout.

The Tigers, which sent 11 batters to the plate, scored eight times on five hits and also took advantage of an error in the fourth inning.

Clark had another two-run single to make it 6-0, while LSU also picked up RBIs from Gutierrez and Maci Bergeron on a sacrifice fly. McKenzie Redoutey had a run-scoring single through the right side, designated player Maia Townsend added a bases-loaded walk and an error off the bat of Karli Petty resulted in another run.

LSU 10, Brigham Young 2 (5): LSU broke open a scoreless tie with eight runs in the second inning – powered by Ciara Briggs’ grand slam – to pull away from BYU after a 3-2 win over the Cougars on Thursday.

The Tigers sent 10 batters to the plate in the second that included a run-scoring hit from Redoutey that preceded Briggs’ grand slam homer.

Petty tripled in two runs to right-center field and Raeleen Gutierrez added a sacrifice fly.

Gutierrez had a pair of RBIs with a double to center in fourth inning.

Sophomore Raelin Chaffin (4-1) picked up the win, allowing two runs on four hits. She walked two and struck out four.

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