#3 LSU softball loses series, falls 10-2 to #15 Misouri
COLUMBIA, MO - Looking to even the series on Sunday in game two, the No. 3 LSU softball team fell in a big hole early and was unable to make a game of it in falling 10-2 to No. 15 Missouri in five innings on Sunday to drop the series.
After seeing the home side put up multiple crooked numbers on Saturday, LSU (41-8, 13-7 Southeastern) would find it tough to find its own offense, scoring two runs for the second straight day and earning three hits in dropping its third consecutive game for the first time all season. Missouri (35-10, 13-7) scored all 10 runs on seven hits as they scored four runs in the first frame alone, while being aided by three LSU errors in the game, while committing two that only allowed one unearned Tiger run to cross the plate.
Bianka Bell hit her 14th home run of the season in the third to give LSU its first run of the day, as Emily Griggs and Sandra Simmons had the other two hits for the team on the day. Bailey Landry had the other RBI for the team coming in the fourth.
Allie Walljasper (12-3) suffered the loss for LSU, allowing seven runs, four earned, on five hits with two walks in 2.2 innings, as Kelsee Selman came on and pitched the next 1.1, allowing three unearned runs on two hits with a walk and the staff's only strikeout of the game.
Tori Finucane (18-6) earned the win for Missouri as she allowed two runs, one earned on three hits with five walks and five strikeouts, as Paige Lowary came on and pitched the final two after earning the win yesterday as she struck out two and allowed nothing else. Emily Crane was the only player to earn multiple hits on the day, while Amanda Sanchez and Kirsten Mack each drove in two for Missouri.
Missouri struck first in the first inning as with one out and two runners on, a single that ricocheted off the wall and rolled back to the infield allowing two runs to score, as a two-run home run on the very next at-bat made it 4-0.
Already down two outs in the top of the second, the Tigers earned three consecutive walks to load the bases to put some pressure on Missouri after they put four up the previous inning. With two of their fastest players on base a chance to get to the heart of the LSU order, a strikeout ended the frame.
Looking to get anything going, Bell ripped one high into the Missouri air, clearing the fence in right to give LSU its first hit and run of the game to make it 4-1. After two outs, Griggs would leg out an infield single to reach first, as Simmons would follow with a ripped shot off of the glove at third base to put two on, Jenna Kreamer sent a laser to right, but a leaping grab cut the LSU rally short for the third out.
Missouri scored three more runs in the bottom of the third getting one hit and an error, ending Walljasper's day with Selman coming on in relief to get the final out of the inning to end the Missouri threat.
Consecutive errors allowed Constance Quinn and A.J. Andrews to reach to get on the corners in the top of the fourth, as Landry grounded out to first to score Quinn to make it 7-2 after the change to Lowary. Another grounder allowed Andrews to advance to third, but a fly out to center ended the inning.
Missouri was the beneficiary of two LSU errors in the bottom of the fourth, while also getting two hits to elongate the inning to take a 10-2 lead over LSU.
LSU will close out the series at 6 p.m. on Monday, with the game being televised live on the SEC Network.