The LSU softball hot streak came to a halt as the Tigers fell to No.1 Florida by a score of 4-0 on Friday.
Florida starter Lauren Haeger threw a complete game shutout allowing just five hits and striking out four all while walking zero. This marks the second time this postseason the Tigers have been shutout.
LSU’s best chance in the score came in the first inning with bases loaded and no out. Haeger would induce a fielder’s choice and a double play as the Tigers failed to get a run across.
After the first inning, LSU would have just two more runners reach base.
Head coach Beth Torina opted to start Carly Hoover over Allie Walljasper. Hoover was solid, but not dominant. In 5.2 Hoover surrendered eight hits, walking four, allowing three earned (including two home runs), and striking out five.
Hoover would be replaced by Kelsee Selman who would give up another run on an inning and a third of relief.
The Tiger defense also did not have its sharpest game, committing two errors in the defeat.
Even though the Tigers had been playing well entering this game, it was unlikely they were going to just cruise to a championship.
Florida has one of the best staffs in the country so a lack of offense for the Tigers does not come at a complete surprise. Still, the fact the offense was all but invisible after the first inning is discouraging.
Good news though is that Hoover still had a solid outing even after a complete game the day before.
With the loss, LSU falls into the losers’ bracket and will play Saturday May 30 at 8:30 pm. The Tigers opponent will be the winner of the Alabama-Oregon matchup which will be played earlier in the day.
The offenses for both Alabama and Oregon fell flat in their respective opening games with the Ducks scoring one run and the Tide being shut out.
No.5 LSU vs. No.6 Alabama/No.2 Oregon, Saturday May 30th, 8:30 PM, ESPN