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Softball Eliminated in SEC Quarterfinals by Missouri

LSU’s run in the SEC Tournament came to an end after two games when the Tigers were knocked out of its quarterfinal matchup by Missouri 4-1 Thursday afternoon.

“It was a frustrating day and unfortunately we could not make adjustments with our offense today,” head coach Beth Torina said. “I really thought our defense kept us in the game and played well. It is time for us to get back home and reset. We will focus on LSU Softball and be ourselves and worry about our own game for a few days, which is a nice thing this time of year.”

Ali Kilponen (14-7) took the loss and had a rough outing. Kilponen allowed all four runs, gave up eight hits and walked an additional five batters. She was also charged with a throwing error in the first inning which led to Missouri getting out to a 1-0 lead.

From there Missouri would score a pair of runs in the fourth. The first came way via home run to right field by Cayla Kessinger, and the second was owed to an RBI single up the middle by Brooke Wilmes.

LSU would respond in the fifth. A pinch hit RBI triple by Ali Newland scored Anna Jones to give LSU its only run of the afternoon.

The focus for LSU now shifts towards the NCAA Tournament. The full bracket will be announced Sunday evening as will the 16 regional hosts. LSU is one of 20 teams in the running to host a regional.