How Louisiana softball rallied in seventh to take down LSU for Baton Rouge Regional title
BATON ROUGE – When it's your day, it's your day.
Louisiana softball's Jourdyn Campbell, who had cranked a three-run homer in the first game Sunday to propel her team to a deciding winner-take-all contest against LSU in the NCAA Baton Rouge regional, relished her legendary day with more base-trotting celebrations later that afternoon at Tiger Park.
In the first inning, the sophomore hit a grand slam that careened off the foul pole in left to give the Ragin' Cajuns a 6-0 lead before host and national No. 10 seed LSU had an at-bat.
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To outdo herself, she knocked in the eventual game-winning run in the top of the seventh as UL and LSU battled to one of the more memorable regional finals, with the Cajuns taking a 9-8 victory and a spot in the Super Regional round.
On the day, Campbell went 3-for-6 with eight total RBI.
Lousiana softball's Jourdyn Campball will be remembered forever in Lafayette
What Campbell pulled off at LSU on Sunday was one pinch-hit decision from not happening.
UL coach Gerry Glaso inserted her in the lineup in Sunday's opening game and she delivered with a three-run bomb. She then collected five RBIs in the deciding game.
For a player who has come off the bench and gotten big hits for the Cajuns the last few weeks, Campbell's versatility has been an absolute weapon for UL.
LSU softball dismantles Louisiana with two-out offense
The Tigers plated seven of their eight runs in the final game with two outs. UL couldn't get out of innings and LSU, which couldn't string hits together in the first game Sunday, found its rhythm.
After Savannah Stewart and Ciara Briggs reached, and with two outs, the Tigers mounted a six-run onslaught in the third inning that slowly and methodically made the deficit disappear. Taylor Pleasants got it going with an RBI single before Georgia Clark and McKenzie Redoutey's two-run hits tied things up.
Karli Petty, whose error in the first inning opened the door for UL to pile on six runs, came through with the go-ahead hit, giving LSU a 7-6 lead going into the fourth over the Ragin' Cajuns.
LSU softball pitcher Sydney Berzon shakes off rough start
Freshman Sydney Berzon threw a five-hit shutout against UL on Saturday to help LSU advance to the regional championship round.
Her location and command were not there early with super regionals on the line Sunday afternoon. The Ragin' Cajuns, who could've scored early against her in the first game but failed to as Karly Heath was thrown out at home, got to her early and often.
But surprisingly the freshman rebounded before the Cajuns found two runs in the seventh inning to win the game.
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