CORVALLIS, Ore. - The 12th-ranked LSU gymnastics team could never get in a rhythm against the eighth-ranked Oregon State Beavers as the Tigers fell, 195.400-193.350, in the season opener Friday night in front of a crowd of 3,756 at Gill Coliseum.
LSU (0-1) struggled to hit full routines throughout the night as the team posted scores of 48.775 on vault, 48.575 on floor, 48.200 on bars and 47.800 on beam.
Oregon State (1-0) opened up with a solid 49.150 on vault and carried the momentum throughout the meet with scores of 49.225 on floor, 49.025 on bars and 48.000 on beam.
"My expectations tonight were for them to do some intangibles, and that is to be composed, to show a lot of effort, have good attitudes on the floor and give me some intensity," head coach D-D Breaux said. "And they did. I felt like the scoring was a little bit tight, but for us to come here this far, these kids gave us 100 percent. I could not have asked them to compete any harder, to have more spirit or to give us a more positive effort."
Freshman Sarie Morrison paced the Tigers with a 38.425 all-around mark in her first meet at LSU, including a 9.825 on bars. Senior Samantha Engle also tallied a 9.825 on floor to tie Morrison for LSU's top scores of the meet.
LSU faced adversity in the first rotation on bars as senior Samantha Engle's grips broke right as she began her routine, and that caused Morrison to move up one spot in the lineup.
Sophomore Ericka Garcia led off the meet for the Tigers and delivered a 9.60. The next two gymnasts for LSU, Mckenzie Fox and Shelby Prunty, had start values below 10.0. Fox earned a 9.225, and Prunty produced a 9.550. Freshman Sarah Zoldos scored a 9.70, and Morrison earned the highest score on the event for the Tigers with a 9.825. Sporting a new pair of grips, Engle wrapped up the event with a 9.525 to give LSU a 48.200 score on bars.
Oregon State put up solid scores on vault, including two 9.875's, a 9.85 and a 9.825 to earn a 49.150 to take the lead after one rotation.
The Tigers earned a 48.775 on vault in the second rotation, paced by 9.80's from junior Ashley Lee and freshman Maliah Mathis. Redshirt freshman Kaleigh Dickson scored a 9.775, and Garcia added a 9.75. Zoldos and Morrison both tallied 9.65 scores.
After two rotations LSU trailed Oregon State 98.175-96.975 as the Beavers rolled to a 49.025 on bars.
The Tigers scored a 48.575 on floor in the third rotation compared to Oregon State's 48.000 on beam. Engle's 9.825 led the team while Mathis added a 9.75, Lee and Zoldos both scored 9.70's and Morrison tallied a 9.60. LSU dropped Dickson's 9.125.
In the last rotation LSU stumbled to a 47.800 on beam while Oregon State racked up a 49.225 on floor. Prunty led off the event with a 9.675, and that score stood as the top score on the event for the Tigers. Janelle Garcia added a 9.65, and Dickson tallied a 9.575. Engle earned a 9.55, and Morrison scored a 9.35 while Ericka Garcia's 9.10 was dropped.
LSU's record fell to 10-8-1 against Oregon State all time and 2-2-1 in Corvallis.
"We are an extremely young team, and we will get beat because there are some teams who can score better and do more difficulty," Breaux said. "What we need to do is stay in the process and show composure and teach them how to compete and be a team."
LSU will open Southeastern Conference competition on Jan. 14 when the Tigers travel to 15th-ranked Auburn, who lost 193.475-192.775 at Iowa State.
1. Oregon State 195.400 (VT - 49.150, UB - 49.025, BB - 48.000, FX - 49.225)
2. LSU 193.350 (VT - 48.775, UB - 48.200, BB - 47.800, FX - 48.575)
Individual (Includes first place and all LSU competitors)
All-Around - 1. Leslie Mak 39.375; 3. Sarie Morrison 38.425
Floor - t1. Olivia Vivian 9.875; t1. Leslie Mak 9.875; t1. Makayla Stambaugh 9.875; t4. Samantha Engle 9.825; 7. Maliah Mathis 9.75; t8. Ashley Lee 9.70; t8. Sarah Zoldos 9.70; 11. Sarie Morrison 9.60; 12. Kaleigh Dickson 9.125