Karli Petty’s big night helps LSU softball team continue an offensive bounce back

Karli Petty's big night helps LSU softball team continue an offensive bounce back
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Thanks to the bat of Karli Petty, LSU softball turned in its best offensive game in almost two months.

The LSU offense exploded in the fourth inning Saturday night, erasing Mississippi State’s two-run lead and fueling a 10-4 LSU win. In the frame, the Tigers scored seven runs on six hits. Petty highlighted the barrage with a bases-clearing triple, which sailed into right field and dropped in fair territory, inches inside the right-field line.

Then Petty stepped to the plate in the sixth and cranked a solo home run over the right-field fence. On the night, she went 3 for 4 and her four RBIs tied her season-high. Her two big hits provided the fireworks LSU needed at the plate to break through a mini hitting slump.

Sophomore Raelin Chaffin started in the circle for LSU. But after surrendering five hits, including a three-run homer and a solo shot to center field, Torina pulled her afterKar only 1⅔ innings in favor of freshman Alea Johson. She pitched the rest of the way and shut out the Bulldogs. After the switch, Mississippi State (24-21, 3-13) notched only three hits.

Johnson’s performance, plus a few stellar plays in the field, opened the door for LSU (36-11, 9-8) to take the lead.

Ciara Briggs started the scoring in the fourth inning. Her bouncing grounder to shortstop scored Raeleen Gutierrez. Then Taylor Pleasants singled up the middle for another two runs, and Ali Newland’s pop fly dropped into shallow center field, allowing Briggs to cross home. Then Petty stepped to the plate and smacked her triple.

When the dust settled, all nine LSU starters had registered a hit on the night. Pleasants led the way with three hits, but Petty led the team in RBIs with four and Newland added three.

LSU entered the series against Mississippi State averaging 5.2 hits in its previous five games. But on Friday, the Tigers recorded 11 hits and scored seven runs. On Saturday night, they added 10 runs on 14 hits. That’s tied for the second-highest total of the year. And it’s the most they’ve registered since March 5, in a home game against Cal Poly.

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