Laubach wins vs. lsu
The Penn State softball team turned in another split effort on last Monday evening, falling to No. 21 LSU, 11-3, in five innings in game one before upsetting the Tigers 6-5 in the second game. With the win, first year head coach Amanda Lehotak earns her first victory over a ranked opponent.
Freshman Shelby Miller (Sugar Land, Texas) led the team in hits between the two contests, going 3-for-6 with two RBIs while freshman Marlaina Laubach (Northampton) turned in another winning performance in the circle, improving to 4-0 on the season. Laubach earned three strikeouts in her third complete game of the season.
The start of the game two did not favor Penn State (5-4) as the Lions failed to get on the board and LSU (8-4) posted three runs in the opening inning. However, over the next two innings the Blue and White were able to even the score.
Freshman Sam Shanahan (Seattle, Wash.) grounded out to second base and sent Jones home to give the Lions their first run of the game in the second frame and Karlie Habitz (Newhall, Calif.) and Jones brought in two more runs in the top of the third to knot the game at 3-3. Habitz ripped a double to left center, driving in Knief, and Jones brought in Sovereign on a sac fly to left field.
The Tigers regained the lead in the bottom half of the third, 4-3, then to 5-3.
PSU responded in the fifth, pulling within a run on a single from sophomore Reina Furuya (Waipahu, Hawaii). Furuya punched a single to left field and brought in Sovereign.
The Lions took over in the sixth, tacking on the deciding runs. Kasie Hatfield (Tampa, Fla.) singled to left field to drive in Miller and Jones reached on a fielder's choice to send Hatfield home and give Penn State a 6-5 advantage.
Laubach and the PSU defense stepped up in the final two innings, allowing no runs and just one hit to seal the deal for the Nittany Lions.
Laubach is currently 4-3 with a 2.93 ERA. She leads the team in innings with 40.2.