The following is a news release from the McNeese State sports information office:
Marisa Taunton's RBI single in the top of the seventh proved to be the difference as the McNeese State Cowgirls scored a 2-1 win over the LSU Lady Tigers Wednesday night.
It is McNeese's third win over LSU in the all-time series and only the second in Baton Rouge. The Cowgirls beat the Tigers 2-1 in nine innings back in 2011 and 3-0 in 2010. The victory extends the Cowgirls' winning streak to seven games.
Taunton's single scored Kim Kennedy, who reached base on a head-first slide into first, beating out the throw from second baseman Allison Falcon.
"We do a lot of mental training and we prepared for moments like this," said Taunton.
Kennedy moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Lakeyn Fontenot before scoring on Taunton's hit.
McNeese ended the game with four hits and Taunton had two of those hits. Lauren Langner and Kennedy had the other Cowgirl hits.
Jamie Allred threw a complete game to improve to 17-5 on the year. Allred gave up five hits, walked three and struck out two.
"We never panicked," said Cowgirls head coach Mike Smith. "We believe we can play on the same field as them and there wasn't any panic in the dugout. We got our baserunner, we executed the sacrifice bunt and manufactured the run. I am so proud of these girls."
LSU threatened to score in the second when Kellsi Kloss led the inning off with a double. After a pop out to third by Sandra Simmons and fly out to left by Allison Falcon, Tammy Wray singled to put runners on the corners. A walk by Simmone Heyward loaded the bases but Allred got out of the inning by striking out A.J. Andrews.
LSU's Jacee Blades led the third inning off with a single followed by a single by Sahvanna Jaquishes single that just missed going over the centerfield wall by call. A catcher's interference call scored Blades from third for a 1-0 LSU lead. A double play by the Cowgirls ended the inning.
McNeese tied the game at 1-all in the top of the fifth on a bases-loaded walk to Langner that scored Katie Roux, who reached base after betting hit by a pitch.
McNeese took the lead in the top of the seventh and Allred got LSU to pop out for the first two outs. The game ended when Blades grounded out to third.
McNeese returns to Southland Conference action this weekend when the Cowgirls travel to San Antonio, Texas, to face Incarnate Word in a three-game series.
"We will enjoy this win and then get back to work tomorrow to prepare for this weekend," Smith said.