Feb. 8, 2009

Courtesy of LSU

HONOLULU – Ashley Applegate provided the game-tying hit in the seventh inning and game-winning walk with the bases loaded in the ninth inning as the No. 19 LSU softball turned the tables to earn a 6-5 comeback victory over Hawai`i Saturday in the consolation game of the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.


Down 5-3 with runners on first and second base, Applegate slapped a single into left field to score Jessica Mouse. On the play at the plate, Mouse slid through UH catcher Katie Grimes. The ball squirted away and Kirsten Shortridge, who started the play at first base, alertly came around to score sending the game to extra innings tied at 5-5.


With the bases loaded in the ninth, Applegate drew a four-pitch walk to complete the 6-5 comeback. Brittany Mack picked up her first collegiate win in the circle, racking up six strikeouts in five innings.   


“We made some key plays and pitches to win at the end,” head coach Yvette Girouard said. “We don’t mind being a little late to the airport as long as we came out with the win.”


The LSU (3-2) rally in the seventh was ignited by back-to-back doubles by Anissa Young and Casey Faile. After a pair of groundouts and down to their final out, Shortridge reached on a throwing error by UH shortstop Julie Franklin that pulled her first basemen Amanda Tauali`i off the bag allowing Faile to score to pull LSU within 5-3.