Softball Claims Series With Doubleheader Split
BATON ROUGE, La. – A two-run home run from the bat of Constance Quinn in the bottom of the sixth inning broke a 1-1 score and helped send the No. 17 LSU softball team to a 3-1 win over the Missouri Tigers and claim the series Saturday afternoon at Tiger Park in the first game of a doubleheader.
With both sides struggling to get anything going with just six hits and two runs combined, The Tigers (37-14, 11-9 SEC) got the biggest swing of the game in the sixth from Quinn, who was honored along with her fellow seniors prior to the start of the game, and came through on a 1-2 count and a runner on to push ahead and claim the series.
Carley Hoover (11-6) earned the victory in the circle as she scattered four hits and struck out six, allowing just the one run that scored in the third, but held Missouri (27-23, 5-14) in check for 6.2 innings. Allie Walljasper (1) came on in the seventh and closed the game out to earn the first save for an LSU pitcher this season.
Missouri's Colby Romaine had half of the team's hits, as Regan Nash drove in the only run. Madi Norman (7-8) suffered the loss as she gave up the home run and three runs total, but was only tagged for two as LSU was able to tie the game in the bottom of the third on an error in the field.
The Game Turned When…
With an out in the bottom of the sixth and a runner on base, Quinn lifted one to left that continued to fly before eventually clearing the fence for the two-run shot to give LSU the lead at 3-1. With an out, Sahvanna Jaquish was walked to put one on, with Quinn connecting for her second home run of the season.
Constance Quinn: 1-3, HR, two RBIs, run scored
Emily Griggs: 1-3
Bailey Landry: 1-3
Amber Serrett: 1-2
Carley Hoover: 6.2 IP, four hits, one run, six strikeouts, three walks, 128 total pitches
Head Coach Beth Torina on winning the series against Missouri…
“When you're in the last 10 games, every game is huge. I don't like dropping the last game of the series. It's great that we won the first two and I'm glad we won the series. Missouri is obviously a quality opponent, but we would like to pick up every possible game we can to make a good post-season case. I would hate to be on the bubble and have it come down to one anything and us not doing our job somewhere where we could have. That's my concern. I just want to make sure we're putting forth the best case we possibly can, winning every game we have a shot to win.”
Constance Quinn on pulling out the series…
“From here on out we need to play LSU softball. That is something Coach talked to us about in the circle. It is how we came out in the seventh inning. We got the crowd up. We were playing hard. We were playing like LSU. If we carry that on from the first inning through the last, we will win the ball game.”
Bailey Landry on the team moving forward in the season…
“We definitely have it. We have everything we need to be successful. I think it is just more consistently putting things together. We are on the brink of that. We have showed that in the games lately. We have all things that we need to be successful and find ourselves in the World Series again.”
Game Two: Missouri 3, LSU 1
Down by three runs heading into the bottom of the seventh, the LSU softball team produced its best offensive effort of the night, but unfortunately the squad would not be able to capture the comeback in falling to Missouri 3-1 Saturday night to close out the doubleheader and the 2017 home schedule.
Pulling out the series with a win earlier in the day, LSU (37-15, 11-10 SEC) and Missouri (28-23, 6-14) were locked in another close, 1-0 affair when the visitors would tack on two more runs in the top of the seventh to put the home side on the brink. Undeterred, the Tigers took to the bottom of the inning and plated its first run and loaded the bases, but left them loaded for the second consecutive inning unable to get anything else across in dropping the finale.
Of LSU's six hits in the game, two came in the seventh and in order from Aliyah Andrews and Emily Griggs, as Andrews was the only LSU player to earn multiple hits going 2-for-2 with an RBI, walk and a stolen base. Bailey Landry, Amanda Doyle and Nicky Dawson had the others.
Each team combined to strand 21 runners on base in the game, with Missouri leaving 11 and LSU stranding 10.
Suffering the loss in the circle was Sydney Smith (10-5), as although she gave up all three runs on eight hits to Missouri in the game, each was unearned due to the four errors the LSU defense had in the contest. Smith lasted 6.2 innings and tossed 119 pitches, giving way to Allie Walljasper who got the final out of the inning.
Braxton Burnside and Chloe Rathburn combined for four of Missouri's eight hits, as Cheyenne Baxter (15-7) earned the win as the lone run she gave up was unearned due to a Missouri error in the seventh, as she walked six, four going to Sahvanna Jaquish, and struck out two on 134 pitches thrown.
The Game Turned When…
With just a one-run lead in the seventh, Missouri scored two runs on two hits and an error to extend its lead to 3-0, adding a bit of insurance Missouri would need as LSU would score a run in the bottom of the inning and threaten with a bases-loaded opportunity before closing the game out.
Aliyah Andrews: 2-2, RBI, stolen base, walk
Nicky Dawson: 1-3, run scored
Bailey Landry: 1-4
Emily Griggs: 1-3, sacrifice bunt
Amanda Doyle: 1-3, walk
Sahvanna Jaquish: 0-0, four walks
LSU will close out the 2017 regular season next weekend, traveling to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks next Friday through Sunday in Columbia.
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