LAWRENCE, Kan. — Just more than 12 hours after beating Wichita State on Thursday afternoon in Wichita, Kansas, the No. 13 LSU softball team took to the field again Friday morning for the Rock Chalk Challenge and scored two big wins.
LSU won the first game Friday morning 7-0 over Omaha and then hammered Kansas 10-2 on Friday afternoon.
In the first game, the 13th-ranked Tigers (22-6) scored six runs in the first two innings at Arrocha Ballpark.
“I thought they did a good job of being prepared and having great energy this morning even after a late night," LSU coach Beth Torina said. "That was a gritty job by them. They did a good job of coming out swinging and attacking early.”
Bailey Landry led a 10-hit attack by going 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored. Emily Griggs was also 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs.
Junior pitcher Allie Walljasper (8-1) scattered four hits in pitching her third shutout of the season. Walljasper struck out a season-high nine.
“Allie did what Allie always does," Torina said. "She gives us that performance all the time and we know what we’re getting from her. She’s just the picture of consistency and it was another good game from her.”
Omaha’s Laura Roecker (5-7) suffered the loss as she allowed six runs, four earned, on five hits with a walk and a strikeout in 1.1 innings. Lia Mancuso had three of four hits for the Mavs (8-15).
In the second game Friday, the Tigers got a huge performance by freshman Sydney Springfield, who went 3-for-4 with a home run and six RBIs to beat Kansas (16-10).
Springfield highlighted a five-run sixth inning with a two run homer. Landry added to a 14-hit Tigers onslaught with a 3-for-4 performance, and Constance Quinn went 2-for-3.
Carley Hoover (6-3) went six innings, allowing two runs (one earned) with six strikeouts and one walk.