No. 9 Arizona scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to score a 3-0 win over the No. 4 LSU softball team in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic on Friday in Palm Springs, California.
Arizona broke through in the bottom of the fifth, getting two hits and an LSU error to score three runs.
In the the top of the sixth, LSU got a leadoff single from Constance Quinn. After a strikeout, Bailey Landry legged out an infield single to put two on for LSU. A fielder’s choice put two outs on the board with runners at the corners, and a grounder to short ended the inning.
The Tigers (4-2) had just three hits in the contest, stranding four runners against the Wildcats (7-0).
Landry, Sahvanna Jaquish and Quinn had the team’s hits, while combining to strike out eight times.
Allie Walljasper (0-2) suffered the loss, pitching 4.1 innings while allowing all three runs (one earned), on five hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
Carley Hoover came on in relief, pitching the final 1.2 innings and allowing a hit while striking out two.
Arizona’s Danielle O’Toole earned the win, walking two after tossing 106 pitches, including 66 for strikes. Of the three hits she allowed, two came in one inning.
She was helped by Alexis Dotson, who had two of Arizona’s hits in the game.
After getting a runner on in the first, LSU didn’t get another runner on until the top of the fourth as Emily Griggs led off with a walk. After a strikeout, Jaquish also earned a walk to put two runners on for the first time for either team on the day.
A liner to second and a fly out to center ended the threat.
LSU 16, BETHUNE-COOKMAN 2, 5 INNINGS: LSU catcher Kellsi Kloss became the first player in program history to hit two grand slams in a game while also setting the school record for RBIs in a contest with nine at at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.
After scoring four runs in the first inning, LSU (5-2) scored six in the fourth and fifth innings, paced by Kloss’ home runs as the Tigers scored a season-high 16 runs on a season-best 13 hits to ease past Bethune-Cookman (3-4).
LSU had three players with multiple hits, led by Kloss who went 3-for-3 with nine RBIs and three runs scored, Amber Serrett (2-for-4 , RBI) and Bailey Landry (2-for-4, two runs). Sandra Simmons hit her first home run of the season, while Constance Quinn added a triple, and Bianka Bell, Elyse Thornhill and Serrett each had doubles.
The Tigers took advantage of 10 walks by Bethune-Cookman.
LSU starter Baylee Corbello (2-0), struck out seven and allowed two runs on three hits, needing just 72 pitches to earn the complete-game victory. After allowing two hits in the first, she retired the next 11 batters in a row before giving up just one more hit for the rest of the game.