May 22, 2010

Courtesy of LSU

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana-Lafayette pitcher Donna Bourgeois tossed a five-hit shutout as the No. 3 seeded Cajuns edged top-seeded LSU 1-0 Saturday during the winner's bracket contest of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional in-front of a season-best 1,964 fans at Tiger Park.

The Cajuns (44-16) advance to the regional final Sunday at 1 p.m., while LSU (45-15) faces the winner of the Texas A&M-McNeese contest at 6 p.m. in an elimination game.

Bourgeois (23-9) forced the Tigers to strand nine runners on-base, including four in scoring position. LSU put multiple runners on the base paths during the first and seventh innings.

"It was a great atmosphere for softball and to showcase Tiger Park. Congratulations to the Cajuns. I thought (Donna) Bourgeouis made some big pitches when she needed to," head coach Yvette Girouard said. "It was a bad luck day for the Tigers. I thought Cody (Trahan) threw magnificently. The bottom line is that we had the right people in the right places, but we just didn't execute offensively. That's been a little bit of our nemeses all season. We are a very good pitching team with very good defense, but our bats have to wake up."

Kirsten Shortridge and Juliana Santos tallied multi-hit efforts to combine for four of LSU's hits. Mouse coaxed a one-out walk during the Tigers last at-bat. After Shortridge grounded back to Bourgeois to move pinch runner Tiffany Shaw to second base, Ashley Applegate was plunked to extend the frame.

On a 1-2 offering, Rachel Mitchell lifted a fly ball, but Cajun centerfielder Vallie Gaspard made the catch to secure the 1-0 win.

"It's do or die. I definitely think we can get ourselves out of this hole," Shortridge said. "We just beat ourselves. When we've lost this year, the trend has been that we beat ourselves. Our pitching was great, and our defense was great just like Coach (Girouard) said. Our bats have to come alive. We can't win in postseason if we don't hit the ball."

Cody Trahan was the tough-luck loser for LSU and dropped to 13-5 on the season. The Cajuns manufactured the game's lone run in the fourth inning aided by a pair of hit batters. Nerisssa Myers knocked a RBI-single just past LSU shortstop Courtney Hollier to plate Melissa Verde.

"That's the tricky thing about softball. You never know when the batter is going to get on base or when the ball will go through the holes," Trahan said. "The batter placed the ball nicely. It was a tough-luck hit, and there's nothing we can do about that. We have to play better and stop letting things beat us."

All games from the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional will have live video and live stats in the Geaux Zone on LSUsports.net with Kent Lowe anchoring the coverage. Fans also can listen to LSU's games live on ESPN 104.5 and The X 104.9 FM in the Baton Rouge area with Patrick Wright set to call the action. In-game updates via http://twitter.com/lsu_softball.