3 things to know about LSU softball pitcher Maribeth Gorsuch

Glenn Guilbeau
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

Many Cajuns know how to cook. Well, LSU senior pitcher Maribeth Gorsuch of Lewisville, Texas, has been able to cook the Cajuns this season.

She beat the Cajuns, 4-0, on Feb. 25, allowing just two hits with four strikeouts on Feb. 25 in Lafayette and came on in relief two days later to beat them again, 3-2, in Baton Rouge. 

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Here are three things to know about Gorsuch, who could be used in key situations against the Cajuns this weekend in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional at Tiger Park.

First perfect game in LSU history

On Feb. 22, 2020, Gorsuch threw the first, seven-inning, perfect game in LSU softball history for a 4-0 win over Belmont. She struck out 16, including eight straight from the second through the fourth innings. Gorsuch went on to finish 4-1 with a 1.15 ERA in 36 innings in the COVID-shortened season.

LSU senior pitcher Maribeth Gorsuch has beaten the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns twice this season, 4-0 on a two-hitter over seven innings on Feb. 25 in Lafayette, and 3-2 in relief with a three-hitter over three innings in Baton Rouge on Feb. 27.

A dominant pitcher in 2019

Gorsuch threw 111 innings for LSU two seasons ago and finished 13-4 with a 2.52 ERA. She was 9-3 with a 2.10 ERA in 80 innings as a sophomore in 2018 and was 3-1 with a 5.00 ERA as a freshman in 2017 in 28 innings.

She has not pitched a lot this season, hurling 44 innings and is 2-3 with a 4.54 ERA.

Her dad Doug Gorsuch died April 15

Maribeth's father Doug Gorsuch, who also was a youth coach in Lewisville and coached his daughter, passed away at 61 last month. Maribeth returned home to be with her family for two weeks. She missed the Tigers' series at North Carolina State on April 16-18 and at Kentucky the next week.

Upon hearing the news, North Carolina State athletic director Boo Corrigan had the equipment office print "DG" decals for the LSU players to wear on their helmets and the coaches to wear on their hats during the three-game series. Corrigan also had flowers delivered to the Gorsuch family.

Gorsuch remained at home the next week, but she got to see her teammates. LSU's chartered flight to Lexington, Kentucky, made a stop in Dallas on April 22, and all the players and coaches visited Gorsuch near her home.

The next day, LSU took off for Kentucky, where it won two of three games. Gorsuch has since returned to the team.

"Rest easy my sweet daddy," she said on Twitter about her father. "You were the best dad, husband, coach and human. I am beyond heartbroken that your aren't here with me anymore, but I find peace knowing you're in heaven."