COLUMBIA, Mo. — A five-run third inning capped by a Sandra Simmons three-run homer helped the LSU softball team snap its three-game losing streak with a 9-0 win in five innings at Missouri on Monday night.
LSU (42-9, 14-7 Southeastern) pounded out nine hits, two more than the team had in the first two games of the series combined. The Tigers scored added four runs in the fifth to put Missouri (35-11, 13-8) on the brink before pitcher Carley Hoover and the defense shut the door. It was the Tigers’ 17th run-rule victory of the season.
Simmons’ shot was her second of the season. Bianka Bell added her 15th home run of the season.
Bailey Landry, Kellsi Kloss and Emily Griggs each drove in a run, and Dylan Supak drove in two with a double.
Hoover (13-3) was dominant in the circle after taking the loss in the series opener, securing her fourth shutout by scattering four hits and striking out four with one walk.
Missouri’s Paige Lowary (16-4) suffered the loss by allowing eight runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts, a stark contrast from the two runs given up and nine strikeouts she had in Game 1 of the series. Emily Crane had two of Missouri’s four hits.
With one out in the top of the third, A.J. Andrews scorched a low drive through the left side of the infield to the wall for a double. After advancing to third on an illegal pitch, Landry legged out an infield single to short as Andrews scored easily.
Bell was hit to put two on for LSU, and a walk to Sahvanna Jaquish loaded the bases. Kloss lifted one down the line in right, allowing Landry to tag up from third with the other runners moving up to make it 2-0. Simmons then skied one to left for the three-run shot.
On the first pitch of the fifth, Bell launched one over the fence in right to give LSU a 6-0 lead. Jaquish got a hold of one and sent it to center for a single, and Kloss ripped a shot to right-center as Jaquish moved to third to put runners at the corners.
Taylor Lockwood came on to pinch-run, and a fly out to center let her move up to second base. Supak then came through, lacing a double over the head of the left fielder to score both and give LSU an 8-0 lead.
Layna Savoie came on to pinch-run for Supak at second, and she moved to third on a passed ball. Griggs followed with a high-chopping single through the infield to score Savoie to make it 9-0.
LSU returns to action Wednesday, hosting Southeastern at 6 p.m. in Tiger Park.