STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi State scored seven unanswered runs to notch a 7-2 win over the No. 11 LSU softball team Friday.
LSU (30-13, 5-11 Southeastern Conference) struggled late and was held to four hits in the contest, while Mississippi State (23-18, 3-10) scored four in the second inning to take the lead and hold off LSU with seven hits.
“I think we made too many mistakes today and let things snowball and get out of control,” LSU coach Beth Torina said. “I think we need to start with good pitching and solid defense, giving our offense a better chance to work.”
Emily Griggs, Kellsi Kloss, Bailey Landry and Allie Walljasper had the hits for LSU, as Kloss had an RBI and a double, while Landry had a triple with a run.
Carley Hoover (11-6) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs (six earned), on seven hits, walking three and striking out one in three innings. Sydney Smith pitched the final three innings, shutting out the Bulldogs the rest of the way and striking out three.
Alexis Silkwood (3-5) earned the complete game win, allowing two runs (one earned), with five strikeouts and a walk. Caroline Seitz was 2-for-4 with four RBIs, while Kayla Winkfield went 1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs.
Landry’s tripled with one out in the first and scored on a grounder to short as the throw went wide putting LSU up 1-0.
Bianka Bell moved up two bases on wild pitches, and Sahvanna Jaquish walked to put runners at the corners. Kloss fought deep into the count and drilled one high to left for the sacrifice fly as Bell came in to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
Mississippi State followed nearly the same script, as with an out in the bottom half, a triple to left center put a runner in scoring position. An out to right kept the runner at bay, but a deeper fly to center allowed the runner to come in on the sacrifice fly to make it 2-1.
A single to right opened the Bulldog second, as a single and an error put runners at second and third fwith no outs.
A strange play loaded the bases as LSU tried to get the lead runner, who broke for home on a fielder’s choice, and a walk brought in a run to make it 2-2. Mississippi State scored three more runs to take a 5-2 lead.
The Bulldogs increased their lead as a two-RBI double capped the scoring, ending Hoover’s day in the bottom of the fourth.
First pitch for game two is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at Nusz Park. The game will be televised live on SEC Network.