LSU softball advances to 2nd straight Women's College World Series
HARRISONBURG, VA - The LSU softball team rallied to take two wins against James Madison on Saturday 2-0 and 3-2, winning the Super Regional and advancing to the Women's College World Series for the 2nd straight year.
The Tigers trailed the series 1-0 after losing on Friday but forced a game 3 with a complete game shutout in game 2. Allie Walljasper gave up just 5 hits and earned the win as she pitched the entire game. The Tigers got a solo home run from Kelsi Kloss and an RBI single from Emily Griggs to earn the only 2 runs of the game in the 4th inning.
Game 3 was even tighter, as the Tigers took an early 1-0 lead on Kesli Kloss's 2nd big RBI of the day, scoring Bianka Bell to take a 1-0 lead. JMU tied the game in the 4th, but LSU retook the lead in the 5th with a single from Bailey Landry that brought home Griggs to make it 2-1 LSU. Sahvanna Jaquish then hit a sac fly with the bases loaded to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead.
The insurance run was important because the Dukes made it 3-2 in the bottom of the 5th with the help of a Tigers throwing error by Bianka Bell that allowed a run to come across. The Tigers shut down the Dukes from there, though, as Walljasper came in to pitch 3 innings of shutout ball to finish off the home team and send the Tigers back to Oklahoma City.
The Women's College World Series begins June 2.