Softball Falls in Finale to Alabama, 4-2
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 8 LSU softball team fought back from an early deficit and even held the lead at one point, but a two-run fifth by the No. 12 Alabama Crimson Tide would be the difference as the Tigers dropped the Sunday finale 4-2 in Tuscaloosa.
With the game tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth, the Crimson Tide (35-7, 9-5 SEC) scored two runs on three hits in the frame to take the lead for the final time after opening the game with a run in the second and losing the lead in the third when LSU (32-9, 8-4) scored two in that inning.
The Tigers were limited to just five hits on the afternoon, with Bailey Landry producing three of the five. Over the course of the weekend the Prairieville, Louisiana, native accounted for seven of LSU’s 12 total hits.
After pitching a shutout the day before, Sydney Smith (9-2) suffered the loss as she came on in relief of starter Allie Walljasper to start the fifth and allowed both runs to break the tie score before Carley Hoover came on in relief to finish the game. Walljasper allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits with five strikeouts and four walks in four innings.
Alexis Osorio (12-2) earned her second win of the weekend as she struck out three and walked four, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits in seven innings. Elissa Brown had two hits for Alabama, while Marisa Runyon drove in two. In the game Alabama was 4-for-11 with runners on, while LSU finished going 0-for-12.
The Game Turned When…
In the bottom of fifth Alabama got three consecutive hits off of LSU relief pitcher Smith to break a 2-2 tie and take a 4-2 lead.
Bailey Landry: 3-3, double, triple, run scored, walk
Aliyah Andrews: 1-4, run scored
Emily Griggs: 1-2, walk
Allie Walljasper: 4.0 IP, four hits, two runs, one earned, five strikeouts, one walk.
On the takeaways from today’s game…
“I thought we battled hard and fought all weekend. This is a tough place to play.”
On the play of Bailey Landry today and this weekend…
“I hope people around the country understand how special she is. We’ve known it for four years, but hopefully people outside of Baton Rouge sees how special she is with what she’s done with our team the last four years and right now. She’s having an amazing season.”
LSU hits the road again on Tuesday, traveling to take on the McNeese State Cowgirls at Cowgirl Diamond at 6 p.m. in Lake Charles.
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