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Softball Season Ends With Loss To Ducks

LSU eliminated in 4-1 loss

Chris Parent / LSUSports.net

The LSU softball season came to a close, as the Tiger offense struggled for a second straight game, in a 4-1 loss to Oregon, eliminating the Tigers from the Women’s College World Series.

LSU’s offensive woes were compounded by the fact that LSU trailed after just one inning of play. In the bottom of the first, Allie Walljasper surrendered her third home run in the last two games, giving the Ducks an early 2-0 lead.

Things appeared to be looking up when Shemiah Sanchez led off the second with a solo home run to left, only to have the next three Tigers retired in order. In the fourth, LSU looked to have a bit of a rally going when a Bailey Landry single and a single by Sanchez put runners on the corners with one out. Connie Quinn would strikeout and after Sanchez stole second, Sydney Springfield would strikeout to end the threat. Amber Serrett’s leadoff single in the top of the fifth would be the final hit of the night for LSU, and after Aliyah Andrews grounded into a fielder’s choice, Oregon would retire the final eight consecutive LSU hitters.

Although the Tiger pitching was slightly improved from the Friday loss to Florida, it was not enough given the caliber of the Oregon offense. Walljasper struggled for a second straight game surrendering three runs on six hits in 2.2 innings and was pulled after being struck in the hand by a comeback, leaving the bases loaded for Carley Hoover, who would escape the jam. Hoover was improved from her Friday outing, but still allowed three hits and a run in her relief appearance.

LSU’s defense was also an issue in the loss. With one out in the third, Sanchez rushed a throw to first which sailed past Amanda Doyle and allowed Oregon’s Alexis Mack to reach third. The play was ruled a hit and a two-base error. Mack would score on a single two batters later.

The loss closes the book on what was an interesting LSU softball season. At several points throughout the season, it didn’t appear as if the Tigers were Oklahoma City worthy. Yet despite those struggles, LSU still found a way to get within a few games of a title, something many of LSU’s opponents during the regular season cannot claim. While it is sad to end the season and even more sad to see the college careers of Bailey Landry, Sahvanna Jaquish and Connie Quinn come to an end, it’s also time to remember what it took to get to OKC this year, so it can happen again next year.