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LSU advances to regional championship, defeats Southern Illinois

Shortstop Taylor Pleasants’ two-run homer set the offensive tone as No. 11 LSU defeated Southern Illinois, 4-1, Saturday afternoon at Tiger Park. LSU improves its record to 42-15, while Southern Illinois enters the loser’s bracket of the regional championship. standing at 43-10. LSU advances to the championship on Sunday with the win and needs a win to claim the Baton Rouge regional title. The Tigers will face the Salukis again at 3 pm CT on Sunday on ESPN+. Game 7 of the Baton Rouge Regional between LSU and SIU is scheduled for 5:30 pm CT on Sunday, if necessary, and will stream on ESPN+. “I think Southern Illinois is everything they were created to be,” head coach Beth Torina said. . “They are a well-trained team. Both of their pitchers were tough. We knew we had a solid opponent and our team played well against them. After Taylor’s big swing in the first inning, I felt like there was nothing Sydney couldn’t get out of. Berzon (19-8) earned the win, striking out eight batters with no walks and allowing one run on four hits in his 19th complete game this season. “Giving Berzon a two-run lead early allowed him to pitch more freely. ”Coach Torina said. “I thought he did a good job and I never felt like he was in danger, even with runners on base. I thought it was a solid performance by our team and I’m excited to move on to Sunday.” SIU pitcher Maddia Groff (30-4) takes the loss after allowing three runs, five hits and two walks in 3.1. innings pitched. Groff finished the game with a strikeout. Pleasants went 1-for-2 at the plate, walked one and had a game-high two runs and RBI, highlighted by his team-high ninth home run of the season. Six other Tigers recorded a hit, including outfielders Ciara Briggs and Ali Newland, who accounted for the other scoring plays. LSU jumped out to a 3-0 lead through three frames thanks to a two-run shot to right center by Pleasants in the first inning and a run-scoring single by Newland in the third. The Tigers allowed their first run of the weekend after 12 consecutive scoreless innings. SIU outfielder Elizabeth Warwick had an RBI single in the sixth to reduce the deficit, 3-1. LSU added an insurance run on Briggs’ sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh to rebuild the margin to three runs, and Berzon and the LSU defense put together a 1-2-3 inning, highlighted by a pair of strikeouts from Berzon. to finish the game.

Shortstop Taylor Pleasants’ two-run homer set the offensive tone as No. 11 LSU defeated Southern Illinois, 4-1, Saturday afternoon at Tiger Park.

LSU improves to 42-15, while Southern Illinois enters the loser’s bracket of the regional standings at 43-10.

LSU advances to the championship on Sunday with the win and needs a win to claim the Baton Rouge regional title. The Tigers will face the Salukis again at 3 pm CT on Sunday on ESPN+. Game 7 of the Baton Rouge Regional between LSU and SIU is scheduled for 5:30 pm CT on Sunday, if necessary, and will stream on ESPN+.

“I think Southern Illinois is everything they were created to be,” head coach Beth Torina said. “They are a well-trained team. Both of their pitchers were tough. We knew we had a solid opponent and our team played well against them. After Taylor (Pleasants)’s big swing in the first inning, I felt like there was nothing Sydney (Berzon) couldn’t get out of.

Berzon (19-8) earned the win, striking out eight batters with no walks and allowing one run on four hits in his 19th complete game this season.

“Giving Berzon a two-run lead early allowed him to pitch more freely,” coach Torina said. “I thought he did a good job and I never felt like he was in danger, even with runners on base. I thought it was a solid performance by our team and I’m excited to move on to Sunday.”

SIU pitcher Maddia Groff (30-4) takes the loss after allowing three runs, five hits and two walks in 3.1 innings pitched. Groff finished the game with a strikeout.

Pleasants went 1-for-2 at the plate, walked one and had a game-high two runs and RBI, highlighted by his team-high ninth home run of the season. Six other Tigers recorded a hit, including outfielders Ciara Briggs and Ali Newland, who accounted for the other scoring plays.

LSU took a 3-0 lead through three frames thanks to a two-run shot to right-center field by Pleasants in the first inning and a run-scoring single by Newland in the third.

The Tigers allowed their first run of the weekend after 12 consecutive scoreless innings. SIU outfielder Elizabeth Warwick had an RBI single in the sixth to reduce the deficit, 3-1.

LSU added an insurance run on Briggs’ sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh to rebuild the margin to three runs, and Berzon and the LSU defense put together a 1-2-3 inning, highlighted by a pair of strikeouts from Berzon. to finish the game.