LSU won its second consecutive SEC series this past weekend taking two of three games from Missouri in Columbia.
Mizzou dominates game one
LSU opened this game with a first inning home run from Taylor Pleasants. It was all downhill from there as Missouri went on to win the first game 9-1. Starter Shelbi Sunseri lasted just 2.2 innings after allowing six runs, only three of which were earned, as the Tiger defense was problematic again. Her relief Morgan Smith, allowed three more runs, two earned. LSU mustered just two hits and two walks in the game.
Big inning evens up series
After falling behind 1-0 entering the second inning, the LSU Tigers would put up three runs in the third leading to a 4-2 win. That big third inning started with a two-run home run from Georgia Clark to go along with RBIs from Danieca Coffee, Pleasants, and Clark again later in the inning. As critical to the offense was a strong outing from Ali Kilponen. The LSU hurler tossed a complete game allowing two runs and striking out eight.
LSU explodes to take series finale
This game did not start well for LSU. Shelby Wickersham recorded just one out in the first inning while allowing five runs, just one that was earned and Mizzou up 5-1 after one full inning. The LSU offense took hold in the fourth with Pleasants scoring two on an RBI single. An inning later Aliyah Andrews (who made another Sports Center Top-10 with her stellar defense AND was named SEC player of the week) and Ciarra Biggs each posted RBI singles. Clark would follow that up an inning later with a home run. In the seventh, a run on a wild pitch and home runs from Taylor Tidwell and Pleasants would conclude the scoring in the 12-5 LSU win. Just as important to the offense was Ali Kilponen closing out the game. After taking over for Wickersham in the first, Kilponen tossed 6.2 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts.
LSU puts the SEC slate on hold as they travel for a three game series against NC State this weekend followed by a series at Kentucky the following weekend.