OKLAHOMA CITY — Nothing went right for LSU during Michigan’s decisive three-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning Sunday afternoon at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
The score was tied at 3 when the Wolverines loaded the bases without a hard-hit ball. A walk, a slow roller to shortstop and a bloop to center field set the stage for the moment that would end LSU’s season and send the Wolverines to face Florida in the championship series of the Women’s College World Series.
The first two runs came home on a double down the third-base line that looked as close to being foul as it was to being fair, which it was ruled.
“I should have had it, fair or foul,” third baseman Sahvanna Jaquish said.
Another run came home as shortstop Bianka Bell slipped and fell trying to throw home on a double steal.
“We definitely didn’t get any breaks in the sixth inning, whether the ball was fair or not,” LSU coach Beth Torina said. “The ball seemed to fall right for them. I don’t think one play changes the season or changes anything. I don’t think we got any breaks, but we also didn’t create any breaks for ourselves.”
Landry’s double came with two outs, continuing another trend. That hit produced the 10th and 11th two-out RBIs for the Tigers in the WCWS.
The only LSU RBI that didn’t come with two outs was Constance Quinn’s sacrifice fly in the second inning.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, they didn’t produce enough RBIs regardless of the number of outs.
Landry extends streak
Sophomore outfielder Bailey Landry of East Ascension High School continued her hot-hitting with a two-run double in the fourth inning. She was the only LSU player with a hit in all 11 of the team’s NCAA tournament games.
A significant hitting streak is nothing new to Landry, who earlier this season set a school record with a 21-game hit streak.
Hurry up and wait
For the second consecutive day LSU had to sit back and wait while an earlier game ran long.
Saturday, Auburn defeated UCLA 11-10 in a 10-inning game that forced the Tigers and Alabama to start two hours and 16 minutes late. LSU’s 5-3 victory didn’t end until nearly 1 a.m.
Sunday, the Tigers started one hour and 16 minutes late because the first game lasted nine innings before Florida eliminated Auburn 3-2.
Another record crowd
For the second consecutive day, the session drew a record crowd. The 9,274 fans that attended Sunday were the most for Session 6. The 9,515 who attended the Saturday night session were a record for Session 5 and third most at the WCWS.
No divided loyalty
LSU football coach Les Miles, a noted alumnus of Michigan, tweeted out his allegiance at the start of the game.
“Let’s Geaux @LSUsoftball & @LSUJuanita — my new favorite fish. LM” was the tweet as Miles referenced “Juanita the GleauxFish,” the softball team’s new dugout mascot.
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