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LSU softball holds off late Georgia Tech rally to win in Clearwater Invitational opener

LSU softball’s shutout streak came to an end on Thursday afternoon against Georgia Tech in the Clearwater Invitational opener, but its perfect record emerged unscathed.

The No. 12 Tigers held off a late Yellow Jackets rally to win 12-8 and move to 6-0 to begin the season.

It was Georgia Tech that got on the board first with a passed ball that scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning, but LSU responded with a trio of runs in the second. They added runs in the third and fourth innings as well before seemingly breaking the game open in the fifth.

McKenzie Redoutey hit a two-run homer to get the scoring started, and the Tigers would ultimately add four runs in the frame and one more in the top of the sixth to take a 9-2 lead.

Georgia Tech would get back on the board with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, but that was quickly erased by an LSU sac-fly and subsequent home run that added two more runs to the board.

Still, the Yellow Jackets wouldn’t go away. In the bottom of the seventh, it staged a four-run rally in large part thanks to a three-run bomb that chased starting pitcher Raelin Chaffin from the game after allowing six earned runs and striking out five.

Sydney Berzon finished it off, though, staving off the comeback attempt as LSU won its sixth straight to begin the year. The Tigers will be back in action in Clearwater on Friday with a ranked matchup against No. 22 Northwestern at 11 a.m.

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