OXFORD, Miss. — With the game tied at 1-1, the LSU softball team used a six-run third and scored eight runs in the final three innings in a 10-1 victory over Ole Miss in five innings Friday night in the series opener between the two teams.
LSU (29-20, 9-10 Southeastern Conference) had seven straight hits in the third and used two of Ole Miss’ (22-26, 3-16) three errors in the game to jump out to a 7-1 lead and cruised, scoring 10 runs on 12 hits to improve to 15-3 on the season when earning double-digit hits and 11-0 when scoring that many or more in a game. LSU has scored double-digit runs in four of the last five league games.
“I liked how we continued to score,” LSU coach Beth Torina said. “It’s easy to score a big group of runs before you scale back and stop putting pressure on teams, but I like how we continued to press and keep the pressure on throughout the game.”
A.J. Andrews finished a hit short of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and a stolen base, opening the game with a triple before earning a single and double in two of her next three at-bats for her fifth three-hit game of the season.
“It was really nice to see A.J. have a good day because I know she’s been putting a lot of pressure on herself to perform, so it was great to see her come through for us like that,” Torina said.
Sahvanna Jaquish hit her 11th home run of the year, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored. She has six games with that many this season, along with tying her career-long hitting streak which now stands at five games.
Bianka Bell went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored and has tied her season and career-best hitting streak, which is now at eight games.
Sandra Simmons went 2-for-3 with an RBI, earning her 12th two-hit game of the season,which leads the team. Jacee Blades went 1-for-4 with a run scored, while Kellsi Kloss went 1-for-3 with an RBI and run scored and Allison Falcon going 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Ashley Czechner earned her 10th win of the season in holding Ole Miss to one run on one hit in five complete innings, walking five and striking out six.
At one point, she retired eight consecutive batters from the end of the second to the beginning of the sixth.
“I thought it was a tough strike zone to throw into today, and I think she made a really good adjustment from the beginning of the game to the end, so she deserves a lot of credit for being able to get them out in that zone and making the right adjustments to do so,” Torina said.
Ole Miss Starter Carly Hummel fell to 10-13 on the season as she allowed seven runs on eight hits in 2.1 innings.
Reliever Madi Osias allowed three runs on four hits in 2.2 innings with four walks and a strikeout.
RT Cantillo earned the only hit and RBI for Ole Miss on the day, going 1-for-1 with two walks.
Game two of the series is set for a 2 p.m. first pitch Saturday in Oxford.