Ragin' Cajuns beat LSU behind Lamb's pitching, forcing Baton Rouge Regional title game
The third-year sophomore from Australia picked up where she left off Sunday, throwing seven scoreless innings in No. 2 seed UL's 2-0 win over No. 1 seed LSU at the NCAA Softball Tournament's Baton Rouge Regional.
Lamb threw a three-hitter and ended it by striking out Morgan Cummins.
The victory forced a winner-take-all game between the Ragin' Cajuns (48-11) and the Tigers (34-21) later Sunday (3:45 p.m.) at Tiger Park, with the winner of that headed to a Super Regional against Florida State, the winner of the Tallahassee Regional.
Ali Kilponen started for LSU and threw a fourth-hitter. She got into a groove after allowing two runs in the third and retired 11 straight batters through the end of the sixth.
Lamb (17-4) and Kilponen (14-8) both are scheduled to start the championship game.
LSU put runners on first and second in the sixth, but Lamb got out of the jam by getting Amanda Doyle to hit into a fielder's choice and Georgia Clark to hit a fly ball to right that was caught by Julie Rawls on the warning track.
Lamb retired the side in order in the first, third, fourth and seventh, and Kilponen did the same for LSU in the first, fourth, fifth and sixth.
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The Tigers also stranded runners at first and second in the second, as did the Cajuns.
Lamb hit a batter to open the fifth, but escaped with three straight outs.
How they got here
After opening Friday with a 10-2, six-inning run-rule victory over No. 4 seed McNeese, LSU used a five-run first inning Saturday to beat UL 10-3 and remain in the winner's bracket.