LSU softball evens series with 6-1 win over Aggies
COLLEGE STATION, TX. – Looking to bounce back after dropping the opener Friday, the No. 4 LSU softball team produced a pair of multiple-run frames and scored in four straight innings Saturday, getting a gem from Allie Walljasper in the circle to defeat the No. 11 Texas A&M Aggies 6-1 to even the series in College Station.
After being held to just three hits the previous day, the Tigers (25-4, 3-2 Southeastern) finished with nine as they scored twice in the second and fourth, while scoring consecutively from the second to the fifth to pull out ahead and claim the victory.
Walljasper (4-2) earned the complete-game victory by shutting down the Texas A&M (26-3, 1-1) bats, allowing just four hits, with only an unearned run crossing the plate in the end. She struck out two and did not issue a walk, tossing 102 pitches in the win.
At the plate, LSU got multiple hits from Bailey Landry, Sahvanna Jaquish and Elyse Thornhill. Thornhill was one of two Tigers to drive in multiple runs, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored, while Landry as 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored and Jaquish going 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Bianka Bell was the other player to drive in multiple runs, going 1-for-4 with two RBIs, including a solo home run.
Samantha Show (15-3) who earned the win yesterday suffered the loss today for Texas A&M as she allowed two runs on three hits with a walk in 2.0 innings of work. Katie Marks pitched the next five, allowing four runs on six hits with four walks and two strikeouts.
Jaquish wasted little time getting the LSU offense going in the top of second inning, with a single to the gap in left center to reach first. Kellsi Kloss stepped up next and hit a hard liner down the line in left for the double to put two in scoring position for LSU. Landry ripped a single the opposite way to score Jaquish, moving Kloss up and advancing to second on the throw in to give LSU a 1-0 lead.
With the fierce winds blowing hard into the park, Thornhill lifted one high deep to center, reaching the warning track for the out, but scoring Kloss from third to make it 2-0 LSU on the sacrifice fly.
Landry moved up on the previous play, as Shemiah Sanchez went deep into the count to draw a walk, before Sandra Simmons was hit by pitch to load the bases. Unfortunately, a force out at home and grounder to short ended the inning.
After a grounder to second for the first out, a single to left put one on for Texas A&M in the bottom of the second. An error on a force play at second put runners at the corners, but a strikeout and slow grounder to Walljasper in the circle kept the Aggies off of the board.
With a new pitcher in the circle, Bell was up in the count 2-1 and on the very next pitch rocketed one into the 20 mile-per-hour wind to dead center that cleared the fence to put the Tigers up 3-0 in the third.
A three-base error to open the bottom of the third put a runner at third for Texas A&M, as a sacrifice fly on the next play drove in the unearned run to make it 3-1 LSU.
Thornhill roped a looping shot down the right field line and slid in under the tag for the double to open the top of the fourth. Sanchez followed suit and ripped a double off the wall in left to score the left fielder and give LSU a 4-1 lead.
Simmons earned a walk, followed by another walk to Constance Quinn to load the bases for LSU. After a strikeout, Bell brought in another run on a fielder's choice to put LSU up 5-1.
With an out in the top of the fifth, Landry ripped a double to right center to reach base. She would not remain there long as Thornhill singled through the infield to score Landry and put LSU up 6-1.
Sunday's finale is set for a 12:30 p.m. CT first pitch at the Aggie Softball Complex. The game will be streamed on SEC Network+.