Louisiana softball bats come alive to beat LSU, force game 7 at Baton Rouge Regional

Cory Diaz
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

BATON ROUGE – This postseason, Louisiana softball coach Gerry Glasco has thrived off his decisions of when to pinch-hit.

Sophomore Jourdyn Campbell has made Glasco look like a genius the last couple of weeks and her heroics continued during the Baton Rouge Regional championship series Sunday afternoon at Tiger Park.

Campbell entered the game with two on, two outs in the bottom of third with the Ragin' Cajuns trailing to LSU, 4-3. On the third pitch she saw, she crushed it to center to reclaim the lead for UL, 6-4.

Louisiana (49-14) has forced the what-if NCAA regional title game against LSU (42-16) with the 7-4 victory in the first game. The winner-take-all final is set for a 4:20 p.m. CT first pitch

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Louisiana softball broke through early vs. LSU en route double-digit hits

The bottom of the first felt a lot like deja vu for Louisiana softball.

Staring at runners on the corners with one away, cleanup hitter Lauren Allred popped out to left field. Reigning Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year Karly Heath stepped up, needing to deliver for her team.

Her dribbler up the middle led to Sophie Piskos barely beating LSU second baseman Karli Petty to the bag, allowing Mihyia Davis to score. This game, UL took the first lead.

Led by red-hot Sophie Piskos, the Ragin' Cajuns poured the offense on with 11 hits.

LSU softball scores off close plays

Margins for error in softball are slim.

Louisiana softball gave a sliver of light early in the Baton Rouge Regional championship.

After Karli Petty's two-run home run to give the Tigers (43-15) the lead in the top of the second, they pushed two more runs across on close plays. Raeleen Gutierrez scored off a slow grounder to short where Alexa Langeliers' throw to home was a shade off the plate. Savannah Stewart scored on the next sequence after Langeliers' throw to throw a double play was a tad slow.

Ragin' Cajuns pitching depth comes through

Glasco has raved all season about his depth at pitcher. And when the team needed it the most, it came through.

Senior Meghan Schorman started the game, but the Tigers found their success off of her with three runs off four hits.

Sophomore Sam Landry entered the game to open the third and proceeded to not give up a hit in five innings.

Beth Torina and LSU went through three pitchers and each gave up at least three hits and one run. Alrea Johnson took the loss after coming in for starter Ali Kilponen

Cory Diaz covers the LSU Tigers and Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns for The Daily Advertiser as part of the USA TODAY Network. Follow his Tigers and Cajuns coverage on Twitter: @ByCoryDiaz. Got questions regarding LSU/UL athletics? Send them to Cory Diaz at bdiaz@gannett.com.