Softball Drops Friday Doubleheader at Ole Miss
OXFORD, Miss. – An unearned run that crossed the plate in the bottom of the third inning proved to be the difference as the No. 11 LSU softball team fell in the second game of Friday doubleheader to the No. 22 Ole Miss Rebels 1-0 at the Ole Miss Softball Complex.
LSU (32-11, 8-6 SEC) which played mostly solid defense and got nearly flawless pitching in the circle in both games would be unable to plate a run and was held to just eight total hits in two games against the Rebels (29-13, 5-9) on the afternoon. In the second game the Tigers produced five hits coming from Aliyah Andrews, Emily Griggs, Bailey Landry, Amber Serrett and Constance Quinn.
Allie Walljasper (11-3) ended up with the loss as the lone run that came in was due to LSU’s only error of the day, pitching all six innings allowing four hits with five strikeouts and no walks. The junior had a no-hitter through 2.1 innings, retiring the side four times on the afternoon.
Morgan Bruce (8-4) scattered three of LSU’s hits and issued just two walks in the contest to earn the win, with game one winning pitcher Kaitlin Lee (1) earning the save in the final 1.2 innings. Paige McKinney scored the game’s only run and also had a hit.
The Game Turned When…
With an out in the bottom of the third, three consecutive singles would follow for Ole Miss, as on the final hit a low throw from short went into the dirt and past first base to allow a Rebel runner to score to give Ole Miss a 1-0 lead.
Constance Quinn: 1-3, double
Bailey Landry: 1-3
Aliyah Andrews: 1-4
Amber Serrett: 1-2, walk
Emily Griggs: 1-3
Allie Walljasper: 6.0 IP, one run, four hits, five strikeouts, 87 total pitches
Head coach Beth Torina on the challenge of playing in the SEC and playing quality teams every week…
“The SEC is a league filled with talent and you have to be ready to play every weekend. One through 13, any team in this conference can beat anyone. We will learn from today and come out tomorrow ready to compete.”
Game One: Ole Miss 1, LSU 0 (8 inn)
A solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning for Ole Miss gave the No. 22 Rebels a 1-0 win over the No. 11 LSU softball team in the first game of a Friday doubleheader at the Ole Miss Softball Complex in Oxford.
The two teams combined for just six hits in the contest, as the scoreless two-hour affair didn’t give way until the eighth with the solo shot from the home side. A total of 11 runners were stranded by the two sides, with LSU (32-10, 8-5 SEC) leaving four on to Ole Miss’ (28-13, 4-9) seven.
Each side had opportunities to plate runs at different points of the contest, with the Rebels coming up fruitless with runners at the corners in the third and a bases loaded opportunity in the fourth. For LSU, the Tigers had a runner get to at least second in the very first inning on an error, while having two on in the sixth, before a double play with a put out at home ending the threat.
Suffering the loss in the circle was Carley Hoover (9-5) allowing just one run on three hits in 7.1 innings of work, striking out six and walking three. Hoover tossed 123 total pitches, with 72 for strikes.
Miranda Strother had the game-winning hit for Ole Miss on her only one of the day, while Kaitlin Lee (11-6) struck out five and scattered three hits in capturing the win in the circle for Ole Miss.
The Game Turned When…
With an out on the board and a full count, Strother lifted one that cleared the fence in center field to give Ole Miss the 1-0 win.
Aliyah Andrews: 1-4
Constance Quinn: 1-3
Nicky Dawson: 1-3
Carley Hoover: 7.1 IP, one run, three hits, six strikeouts, three walks, 123 total pitches
LSU closes out the series against Ole Miss with a 3 p.m. first pitch Saturday at the Ole Miss Softball Complex.
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