LSU softball falls 1-0 to Arizona State, will play again Saturday night with season on the line
BATON ROUGE - In game two of the team's postseason run, the No. 8 LSU softball team was unable to muster anything offensively and fell to the Arizona State Sun Devils 1-0 Saturday afternoon at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge.
Arizona State (36-20) moves on to the Regional Final tomorrow afternoon at 12 p.m., while LSU (45-12) will play the winner of Texas Southern and Nebraska in the second elimination game of the day Saturday afternoon, 30 minutes after the first game's conclusion.
"We got a good performance on the mound. Carley (Hoover) was really good today. She kept a really tough offense from putting up big numbers," head coach Beth Torina said. "Hopefully, she has some more good performances in her, and we can come back through this thing. Ultimately, we just didn't get it done."
Suffering the loss in the circle for LSU was Hoover (14-5) who pitched valiantly allowing just one run on three hits with a strikeout and three walks in the complete-game effort. The Tigers had just four hits in the game, coming from A.J. Andrews, Bailey Landry, Sandra Simmons and Sydney Bourg.
"I think in the first inning, I had a little trouble adjusting to the zone. Kellsi (Kloss) did a great job working behind the plate for me," Hoover said. "I don't think I sat a lot of people down today. I just threw it in there and the defense was really solid today. It was good that I could rely on that."
Breanna Macha (18-11) earned the win for ASU, pitching the shutout while striking out six and walking just one on 88 pitches. Haley Steele drove in the winning run in the very first inning for the Sun Devils, going 1-for-2 with a walk.
Hoping to keep its form from the previous night, the Tigers took to the field with ASU at the plate and the Sun Devils didn't want to squander an opportunity to put LSU on the ropes as they got two hits and eventually left the bases loaded, scoring just one run to take a 1-0 lead early in the first.
Andrews led off the bottom half of that same inning with a walk on five pitches to take first, as a perfectly placed bunt single by Landry put two on for the Tigers in the frame. A groundout to first allowed both to move up a base, but the two would be left there as consecutive outs ended the inning.
LSU finished the game stranding only five runners on base over the course of the contest, while ASU stranded eight.