Softball Splits on Saturday at Rock Chalk Challenge
LAWRENCE, Kan. – LSU junior pitcher Allie Walljasper pulled the double on Saturday against Southeast Missouri State as her two-run home run gave LSU the lead back in the fifth, while also earning the victory in the circle in defeating the Redhawks 7-3 to end play in the Rock Chalk Challenge in Lawrence.
After taking the early lead in the first thanks to a two-run shot from the bat of Sahvanna Jaquish, the Tigers (23-7) watched the lead evaporate as the visitors scored three unanswered runs in the next two innings. Walljasper came in to pitch after that and was stingy in the circle, taking matters into her own hands to kick start a streak of five unanswered runs for the Tigers to pull ahead and stay there while pounding out 10 hits.
The Manteca, California, native pitched the final 4.1 innings and allowed just one hit with three strikeouts, going 1-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs and a run scored.
Jaquish finished the game leading the team in RBIs with three, going 1-for-2 with a home run, two walks, two RBIs and two runs scored. The Tigers also got big days from underclassmen in Taylor Satchell who hit her first career LSU home run amid two hits, while Aliyah Andrews went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
SEMO’s (15-8) Mackenzie Hoelting held LSU to just two runs on four hits with a pair of strikeouts and walks, but only pitched two innings as Alexis Estes wound up suffering the loss as she pitched the next three, giving up five runs on six hits with three strikeouts and a walk.
Rachel Anderson had two of the Redhawks’ five hits in the game offensively.
The Game Turned When…
In the bottom of the fifth and trailing by a run at 3-2, Jaquish drew a walk to reach first, and after a foul out to first, Walljasper blasted her home run to right center, giving LSU the lead back at 4-3. The Tigers would go on to score three more in the next inning to close the door and help secure the victory.
Allie Walljasper: 4.1 IP, one hit, three strikeouts; 1-3, HR, two RBIs
Sahvanna Jaquish: 1-2, HR, three RBIs, two walks, two runs scored
Taylor Satchell: 2-3, HR, RBI, run scored
Bailey Landry: 2-3, RBI, run scored
Aliyah Andrews: 2-3, run scored
Constance Quinn: 1-3
Emily Griggs: 1-4
Head Coach Beth Torina on bouncing back to end the week with a win…
“Our team showed good fight today. They got down but they were able to battle back. But like I’ve said a hundred times before we’re lucky to have Allie Walljasper on our team. She just always seems to step up and do everything that’s asked for us and seems to come up clutch in a lot of situations.”
On the performance of Allie Walljasper in the circle and at the plate…
“She’s really earned her way into the lineup. She’s been hot lately and today’s really no different. She’s a special player and she’s showing us why she’s capable of such great things.”
Game One: Tulsa 1, LSU 0
The No. 13 LSU softball team had its chances but would not be able to find the timely hit when it counted most in a 1-0 loss to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane Saturday morning at Arrocha Ballpark in Lawrence.
The Tigers (22-7) stranded five runners on base over the course of the game, no more crucial than when the team had runners on first and second with no outs in the top of the sixth inning and looking to capitalize on the Golden Hurricane (18-10) and potentially tie or take the lead.
Tulsa finished the game with one hit, but the only run the opposition would need came in the first inning on a sacrifice fly as the scoring runner was the first batter of the game and reached base on a walk.
Pitcher Carley Hoover (6-4) would be tagged with the tough loss as she only allowed the one hit midway through the game, striking out eight with three walks.
Tulsa’s Emily Watson (13-3) struck out eight and walked just one in earning the win over LSU, scattering LSU’s five hits and holding on when the Tigers threatened late in the contest.
The Game Turned When…
After a three-up three down inning for both sides in the fifth, Griggs led off the top of the sixth with a double to left. A bunt single by Landry put two on, as Griggs advanced to third. It was LSU’s best chance to at least tie the game, but a lineout and consecutive strikeouts ended the threat and the team’s best chance to even the score.
Emily Griggs: 1-3, double
Bailey Landry: 1-3
Sahvanna Jaquish: 1-3
Allie Walljasper: 1-3
Aliyah Andrews: 1-2
Carley Hoover: 6.0 IP, one hit, one run, eight strikeouts, three walks
LSU returns home to open an eight-game home stand beginning with a game against the Nicholls Colonels Tuesday at 6 p.m.
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