KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — After taking the series on Saturday, the No. 1 LSU softball team was looking to close out the weekend with another win, but No. 11 Tennessee had other ideas, grabbing an 8-5 win Sunday afternoon at Lee Stadium to avoid the sweep.
LSU’s Kellsi Kloss, who hit a solo home run in the second to give LSU (38-5, 11-4 Southeastern Conference) a 2-1 lead, had three RBIs. She finished the day going 3-for-4, earning her first multi-home run game of the year, both solo shots, with three RBIs two runs scored.
Tennessee (30-11, 8-7) scored eight runs over the course of the second, third and fourth innings, scoring three each in the third and fourth.
The first two runs the Vols scored in the second inning came via both of LSU’s errors the team committed to allow UT to go up 2-1. Tennessee finished with 10 total hits while LSU had eight.
Baylee Corbello (9-1) suffered her first loss of the season, allowing five runs, four earned in 2.1 innings on five hits with three strikeouts and a walk. Carley Hoover pitched the next 3.2 innings, allowing three runs on five hits with a walk on 58 pitches.
Rainey Gaffin (7-2) earned the complete-game win, allowing all five runs on eight hits with four walks and six strikeouts.
LSU picked up a pair of runs in the third to grab a 3-2 lead, but Tennessee’s Annie Aldrete had a three-run home run in the third to put the Vols up 5-3. Aldrete was one of three UT players to finish with multiple hits as she drove in three.
A solo home run by Lexi Overstreet in the first at-bat of the fourth extended Tennessee’s lead to 6-3 and sparked a three-run inning which put the Vols up 8-3.
In the sixth, a walk to Sandra Simmons, a Constance Quinn walk following an out, and an Allie Walljasper infield single loaded the bases for LSU. A.J. Andrews’ sacrifice fly scored Simmons to make it 8-4, but LSU ended the inning leaving two on.
With LSU down to its final out in the top of the seventh, Kloss hit her second home run of the day for the final margin.