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    LSU softball breezes past Southern Illinois into Baton Rouge Regional final

    By Tyler Nettuno,

    26 days ago

    LSU softball is just one win away from a berth in a super regional after it won its winners’ bracket game against Southern Illinois 4-1. Coach Beth Torina’s team moves on to the regional final, where its opponent hasn’t yet been determined.

    The Tigers started out hot in the first inning when Taylor Pleasants hit a two-run bomb to take the early lead, and it nearly added to it in the second inning but stranded a pair of baserunners. But in the third, Ali Newland hit a two-out RBI single as LSU jumped out to a 3-0 lead.

    The Salukis managed to cut into the lead in the sixth inning, though it was just one run as they trailed by two entering the final frame. However, that margin didn’t last as a sacrifice fly from Ciara Briggs in the top of the seventh put the Tigers back up three runs.

    Sydney Berzon, who allowed just four hits and one run while striking out eight in a complete game, retired the side in order to secure the win in the bottom of the seventh.

    Now, Southern Illinois faces the winner of an elimination game between Cal and Jackson State. The winner of the subsequent elimination game will face the Tigers in Sunday’s regional final needing to win two in a row.

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