RUSTON — In the first road test for the No. 4 LSU softball team, the Tigers started well by scoring multiple runs in each of the first five innings, but nothing would compare to the end result as the Tigers set team and individual records in a 30-8 win over the Louisiana Tech on Tuesday.
The line for the game for LSU (24-3); 30 runs on 27 hits in 48 at-bats, with seven home runs and 27 RBIs. Each one set a program mark as the team exploded for 15 runs in the sixth inning to tie the record for most runs in a single inning in Tigers history.
The runs scored and home runs also tied Southeastern Conference records, while the 27 hits is a league record. The Tigers also had 56 total bases which was also a school record by 16.
Thirteen LSU players registered a hit against Louisiana Tech (15-6), as the more than 1,900 fans in attendance saw individual records set as seniors Kellsi Kloss and Bianka Bell each belted three home runs to become the first players in program history to have more than two in a game. Bell, the reigning USA Softball National Player of the Week also tied Kloss’ record for most RBIs in a game with nine, finishing 4-for-5.
Kloss finished the game a triple short of the cycle as she was 4-for-6 with three home runs, two coming in the same inning, with a double, four RBIs and four runs scored.
Playing in front of friends and family, senior infielder Jenna Kreamer produced her best game as a Tiger going 4-for-5 with an RBI and four runs scored.
Sandra Simmons was 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored with a triple, as Emily Griggs, Bailey Landry and Amber Serrett each posted multiple hits.
Sydney Smith (6-1) earned the win as she pitched the final three innings of the game and allowed a run on four hits with three walks and a strikeout. Allie Walljasper earned the start and allowed three runs on four hits with three strikeouts and Baylee Corbello allowing four runs on three hits with a walk.
Carolina Sanchez (2-2) suffered the loss as she was relieved, before coming back in to pitch in the sixth and was tagged with 14 runs on 14 hits in 1.2 innings. The Lady Techsters used five pitchers in the game, all giving up multiple runs, as LSU was also aided by six Louisiana Tech errors.
Louisiana Tech’s Morgan Turkoly was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.
The Tigers will be back in action on Friday, opening a three-game SEC series against Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.