The clichéd phrase "It’s not how you start, but how you finish" held true in the Tigers 5-3 victory over Alabama in the Women’s College World Series on May 30th.
Bama appeared to set the tone early in the game after a leadoff walk by Demi Turner came around to score, putting LSU down a run when they came to bat for the first time.
Any doubts about the LSU offense going back into a slump after being shut out by Florida the day before were quickly put to rest when Savannah Jaquish plated Baily Landry. One batter later LSU would score Kellsi Kloss and Jaquish on an Alabama fielding error.
The Tiger offense would stay hot the following inning when Baily Landry got a clutch two-out, two-run RBI single giving LSU a comfortable 5-1 lead.
After the run scoring first inning, Walljasper would settle down and although she only retired the side in order once, did a good job of preventing runners from scoring, until the seventh.
In the top of the seventh, the last chance for Bama to tie, Walljasper allowed two singles and was pulled for Carly Hoover.
Hoover would record the first out of the inning, but the leadoff single would come around to score on a sacrifice fly and the second run of the inning would come home on a wild pitch, putting the tying run at the plate with two outs.
With a threat of a tie game, Hoover would induce a ground out to first. Tigers win. Tide goes home.
It was certainly encouraging to see LSU rebound so well especially after the loss to Florida. More impressive was the teams’ resiliency both early in the game when Bama took an early lead and then late when they threatened to tie game.
Now LSU has the daunting task of winning two straight games against Michigan on Sunday if they want to advance to the Finals.
The pitching, which has largely carried the Tigers throughout the postseason, will have a tough task in dealing with the Wolverines, who had a dominant 10-4 victory over UCLA yesterday.
No.3 Michigan vs. No.5 LSU, Sunday May 31st, 2:30 PM, ESPN
No.5 LSU vs. No.3 Michigan (if neccesary), Sunday May 31st, 8:30 PM, ESPN