OXFORD, MISS. — LSU scored 10 runs in the top of the second to cruise to a 13-4 win in five innings and earn the sweep at the Ole Miss Softball complex.
After taking a 1-0 lead after the first inning, things looked to go south for the Tigers (31-20, 11-10 Southeastern Conference) quickly as the Rebels (22-28, 3-28) scored three runs to take their first lead of the series.
But after battling through adverse conditions and a rain delay, LSU scored 10 runs on three hits and seven walks in the inning to jump out to a lead it would never relinquish to earn the sweep and clinch a berth in the conference tournament in two weeks.
Six Tigers earned a hit on the day, but the two biggest came in the second from the bench from Kailey McCasland and Alayna Falcon. McCasland earned her only hit of the afternoon, bringing in two with the bases loaded to give LSU the lead back.
Falcon drove in two on her only hit of the day, while a third run came in on the same play after an error in the outfield.
Kellsi Kloss hit her ninth home run of the season and had two RBIs with two runs scored, and Sahvanna Jaquish extended her hitting streak to seven games, going 1-for -3 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored.
A.J. Andrews stole three bases for the second time this week and went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored, as Allison Falcon went 1-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored.
LSU starter Ashley Czechner earned her 11th win of the season and had her second five-inning start of the series, allowing four runs — two earned — on five this with a walk and a strikeout on just 75 pitches to earn her second win of the weekend.
After holding LSU in check in a relief effort on Saturday, Ole Miss starter Emily Gaitan took the loss and fell to 4-7 on the season after giving up eight runs — three earned — on two hits with a strikeout and five walks in 1.2 innings. Carly Hummel, Friday’s starter, came on and pitched the final 3.1 innings, giving up five runs on four hits with three walks and a strikeout.
Rebel second baseman Alyssa Invergo went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while designated player Natalie Nimmo drove in two runs.