PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — On the last day of the Mary Nutter Classic, the LSU softball team made history, posting massive victories over Nebraska and Northwestern to lay claim to the best start in program history.
The Tigers (16-0) dropped Nebraska 10-2 in five innings in their first game of the day, scoring all of their runs in the top of the first inning.
They returned to hammer Northwestern 10-0 in another five-inning game.
LSU will host the Purple and Gold Challenge at Tiger Park next week with a spotless record, thanks in large part to sluggers Bianka Bell and Sahvanna Jaquish along with a sparking effort from its pitching staff.
In the first game against Nebraska, the Tigers scored 10 runs on just five hits. Bell had two of those hits, going 2-for-3 with four RBIs — including a three-run home run.
It was her sixth of the season and her 32nd of her career, tying her with Leslie Klein and one away from Rachel Mitchell’s all-time record of 33.
Bailey Landry had one hit and drove in two RBIs on the day with two runs scored.
Kellsi Kloss and Constance Quinn each had a hit, an RBI and a run scored.
Allie Walljasper (6-0) continued her hot streak, allowing just two runs on five hits with six strikeouts and no walks, needing 74 pitches to earn the victory.
Kaylan Jablonski (0-3) suffered the loss for Nebraska, pitching only two-thirds of an inning, allowing all of LSU’s runs and hits.
In the second game, the Tigers exploded in the second inning, scoring eight runs. The Tigers got runs in the third and fourth and held off the Wildcats (3-9) to earn another run-rule victory.
Six different LSU players earned hits on the afternoon. The Tigers were led by Jaquish, who hit her sixth homer in a 2-for-3 afternoon with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Sandra Simmons went 2-for-2 with an RBI, while Quinn went 2-for-2 with a double, RBI and two runs scored. Landry had one hit and three RBIs, while Bell had two RBIs an a run scored.
Starting pitcher Kelsee Selman (3-0) earned another complete-game victory, scattering three hits in five innings with seven strikeouts and only three walks.
Northwestern’s Amy Letourneau (1-7) suffered the loss after seven runs on five hits with three walks in 1.2 innings.
Kristen Wood came on in relief and gave up the other three runs on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts.