ATHENS, Ga. — The No. 8 LSU softball team got home runs from Sandra Simmons and Kellsi Kloss and a solid performance from pitcher Allie Walljasper in a 5-1 win over No. 10 Georgia to claim the series Saturday at Jack Turner Stadium.
The win gave coach Beth Torina her 200th victory at LSU.
Sunday’s finale is set for a 1 p.m. first pitch. The game will be streamed online on SEC Network+
The pair of homers were the only runs for the Tigers (28-8, 5-6 Southeastern) until the fifth, when LSU scored three to pull away from the Bulldogs (30-7, 4-4).
LSU finished with seven hits, with three for extra bases.
“I thought it was a well-played game in all areas,” Torina said. “Our offense really showed up today, stuck with a plan and did an overall great job.”
Simmons was 2-for-2, hitting her second home run of the year, driving in one and scoring twice, while Kloss belted her ninth homer of the season to tie for the team lead.
Constance Quinn drove in two on her only hit to help ice the game, as she was one of three LSU players to draw two walks in the contest.
Walljasper (5-4) earned the complete-game victory by scattering seven hits, allowing one run while striking out four and walking one. She earned another hit on Saturday after hitting a home run in Friday’s game.
“Allie did a good job of scattering hits throughout and not giving up a lot of hits back-to-back,” Torina said. “She made a lot of big pitches in big moments.”
Georgia’s Brittany Gray (9-4) suffered the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits with eight walks and 11 strikeouts. Sydni Emanuel led the Bulldogs, going 2-for-4.
Simmons clubbed a shot to the trees in right to put the Tigers up 1-0 in the first. With two outs, Sahvanna Jaquish roped a double off of the wall in right-center, but another strikeout ended the inning.
Kloss launched a home run to right-center in the fourth to make it 2-0
A leadoff double in the bottom of the fourth put a runner in scoring position for the Bulldogs, and another double drove in a run to make it 2--1, but the next three batters went down in order to end the inning.
Bailey Landry singled to left to open the LSU fifth, and Simmons drew a walk on four pitches to put two on. A walk to Bianka Bell loaded the bases, and Jaquish lifted one deep to center for the sacrifice fly to score Landry to make it 3-1.
With runners at the corners, Kloss drew a walk to re-load the bases for Quinn, who hit one down the left field line to bring in two for the final margin.