STARKVILLE, Miss. — In the first of six consecutive games on the road, the No. 1 LSU softball team dropped a 9-4 decision to Mississippi State on Wednesday at the MSU Softball Field.
The game did not count in the Southeastern Conference standings.
The Tigers (36-4) waited too long to get their offense going, not scoring until they were down by five.
After cutting the Bulldogs lead to just three, they watched Mississippi State (30-10) score four runs late to make it 9-2, putting the game out of reach — even after the Tigers scored two runs in the top of the seventh and leaving the bases loaded.
The Tigers outhit MSU 12-11 on the night, led by Bailey Landry and Sahvanna Jaquish, as the two combined for six hits and drove in three runs.
Landry went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Jaquish went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Dylan Supak also earned multiple hits, going 2-for-4.
Allie Walljasper (10-2) allowed three runs on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk in 2.1 innings.
Carley Hoover came in and pitched the next 3.1, allowing four runs, two earned, on four hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
Baylee Corbello pitched one inning and allowed two runs on two hits with a strikeout.
Alexis Silkwood (22-7) earned the win for Mississippi State, going the distance and not giving up the big inning to LSU, allowing all four runs on 12 hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Silkwood helped her own cause, hitting a two-run home run in that four-run sixth for Mississippi State.
Silkwood led the team with three hits.
Mississippi State struck first as the Bulldogs got two runs on three hits and an LSU error in the bottom of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead over the Tigers after one.
Walljasper’s day ended in the very next frame, as she gave up two more hits as another run crossed as the Bulldogs went up 3-0, giving way to Hoover who got the last batter to ground out to end the inning.
After getting its very first hit in the previous inning, LSU came back up to bat trailing in the top of the fourth and got consecutive singles from Jaquish and Kellsi Kloss to put two on for LSU, but Sandra Simmons flew into a double play at short, which forced out Jaquish at second to put two quick outs on the board. Supak earned a single to push Kloss to second, but the inning ended with a fielder’s choice groundout.
Emily Griggs earned a double to open the top of the fifth inning, moving to third after a grounder by A.J. Andrews. She came around after an infield single by Landry to make it 5-1. Bell ripped a single through the left side to put two back on for LSU, as Jaquish came through with an RBI double to left scoring Landry making it 5-2.
Mississippi State got those two runs back and then some from the Tigers in the bottom of the sixth inning, as a single and a walk ended Hoover’s night, as Corbello came on to get a strikeout, but a single and error out in right allowed the runners to score to make it 7-2. She then gave up a two-run homer to Silkwood to make it 9-2.
LSU tried to start a rally getting consecutive singles by Andrews and Landry, as after a lineout the two moved to second and third on a passed ball. Jaquish drilled a single off the glove of the MSU shortstop to plate Andrews to make it 9-3, as after a foul out an error in the circle on a Simmons hit allowed Landry to score to make it 9-4. A single by Supak loaded the bases for LSU, but a fly out to right ended the inning.
LSU returns to action on Friday evening, opening a three-game SEC series against Tennessee in Knoxville.