Softball Falls to Alabama, 3-0
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – In the series opener between No. 8 LSU and No. 12 Alabama, the Tigers tried to match a three-run first by the home side with a late rally, but ultimately fell in a 3-0 loss Friday night at Rhoades Stadium in Tuscaloosa.
LSU (31-8, 7-3 SEC) was held to a two hits, coming from Nicky Dawson in the top of the sixth inning and Bailey Landry in the seventh, but by the end of the night stranded 10 runners on base over the course of the contest as the Tigers drew six walks, four going to Sahvanna Jaquish to tie a school record, had a hit batter and reached on an error but would not be able to get a run across the plate in the contest.
With their backs against the wall and two outs on the board Landry singled in the infield and Jaquish earned a walk to put two on, but the rally would end with a strikeout to end the game in the seventh.
Starting pitcher Allie Walljasper (11-2) suffered the loss, but after getting out of that first inning was strong in the circle to keep Alabama (34-6, 9-4) off the board for the rest of the game. She finished the game going six innings and allowing three runs on six hits with six strikeouts and no walks.
Alabama’s Alexis Osorio (17-4) struck out 11 in seven innings, throwing 158 pitches in the contest. Chandler Dare had two of Alabama’s six hits, while Peyton Grantham drove in two on one hit.
The Game Turned When…
Alabama used the bottom of the first to plate three runs on four hits to take an early lead over LSU. All three of the Crimson Tide’s hits were doubles in the frame, bringing the capacity crowd to life as the Tigers would be unable to get anything going until later in the contest.
Bailey Landry: 1-4
Nicky Dawson: 1-3
Sahvanna Jaquish: 0-0, four walks
Allie Walljasper: 6.0 IP, six hits, three runs, six strikeouts, no walks
Head coach Beth Torina on the team’s fight at the end…
“We came up against a great pitcher. She’s one of the best in the league and she did her job tonight. We’ve obviously got to make some adjustments and have a different plan the next time we see her.”
On Allie Walljasper and her performance in the game…
“There were some emotions there. When it’s your first time at Alabama it’s a big deal. It’s a big rivalry, so she pitched a little bit emotionally in that first inning but then settled in and did a good job.”
On having another late start tomorrow and taking positives from the first game…
“We did a good job of making some adjustments as the game went on. We got stronger and we’ll be well set up for tomorrow.”
LSU will look to even the series on Saturday night at 8 p.m. in game two. The game will be televised live on the SEC Network with Mark Neely, Michelle Smith and Holly Rowe.
For all of the latest news and information on Tiger softball, visit www.lsusports.net/softball. Fans can also follow the program on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball along with @lsusoftball and @BethTorina on Twitter and @lsusb on Instagram.