#1 LSU softball salvages win in Lexington, takes game 3 from UK 2-0
LEXINGTON, KY - After two frustrating days of competition, the LSU softball team looked to Sunday to regroup as a squad and got a nearly flawless effort from starting pitcher Baylee Corbello and a career-day from Emily Griggs as the Tigers pulled out a 2-0 win in the series finale Sunday against the Kentucky Wildcats.
After being unable to capitalize on opportunities on Friday and Saturday, the Tigers (32-3, 6-3 Southeastern) were the beneficiaries of four Kentucky (23-9, 3-6) errors on the day, while plating the only two runs of the game it needed in the fourth as they outhit the Wildcats 7-3, while not being done in by their own two errors.
After seeing just an inning of work on Saturday, Corbello (8-0) took to the circle and baffled the UK batting order as she earned the complete-game shutout by scattering their three hits while striking out eight and walking just two. The sophomore did not give up an extra base hit, as the frustration at the plate LSU saw in games one and two finally fell on the home side as six grounded out and six flew out on the afternoon.
The freshman Griggs led LSU at the plate going 3-for-3 with a triple and an RBI to pace the Tigers offensively, as the bottom half of the order seemed to have the strength at the plate as Dylan Supak went 1-for-3 with an RBI and Sandra Simmons went 2-for-2 with a run scored. A Kellsi Kloss single and a Bailey Landry double were the only other two hits for the team on the afternoon.
Earning her second start of the weekend, and pitching for the third time, Kelsey Nunley (10-5) suffered the loss after giving up both runs, one earned, in 6.1 innings of work, striking out nine. Christian Stokes and Sylver Samuel had two of the three hits for the Wildcats at the top of the order to help pace the UK offense.
With zeroes still all across the board, LSU took to the top of the third inning and opened with a Griggs infield single. She was forced out on a fielder's choice by A.J. Andrews, with the centerfielder now at first. After a long at-bat, Landry ripped a slicing double to left to get two in scoring position, but a grounder to the circle and a strikeout ended the inning.
After two outs in the bottom half of that same inning after getting the first two outs, Kentucky got its first hit of the game with a shot up the middle as a fielding error at first put two on for the Wildcats. With two on and the fans coming a bit to life, Bianka Bell stopped a ball from going through the infield and made the throw on a rope to first to end the inning.
In the very next inning, Kloss ripped a shot up the middle to reach first. On the very next play, Simmons legged out a bunt single and forced Kentucky into its third miscue of the day to push the runners to second and third.
Supak stepped up to the plate and with a 2-2 count hit a single to right center, scoring Kloss to make it 1-0 LSU with runners now at the corners for the Tigers. After a strikeout for the first out, Griggs singled through the left side to drive in Simmons to make it 2-0 for the final run for the team in the inning and the only two runs of the game.
LSU returns home to host the next four, beginning with a non-conference matchup against the ULM Warhawks Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge. The game will be streamed on SEC Network+.