FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The No. 12 LSU softball team produced 10 runs on 11 hits to defeat Arkansas 10-6 in the series opener for both teams at Bogle Park on Saturday.
That game was suspended because of bad weather on Friday.
LSU rallied for five runs over the final two innings to score a 5-4 win in the second game Saturday.
The teams meet in the series finale at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
LSU 10, ARKANSAS 6: In the first game Saturday, LSU (39-13, 12-11 Southeastern Conference) had six players earn hits in the opener, led by Sandra Simmons and Allie Walljasper, who combined for six hits.
Simmons was 3-for-4 with a double and a triple, an RBI and two runs scored, while Walljasper was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
Sahvanna Jaquish led all players with three RBIs while going 2-for-4 with her 12th home run of the season and a double.
The only other player to earn multiple RBIs was Kellsi Kloss, who drove in two and scored once with a double.
Walljasper (9-5) earned the victory in the complete-game effort, striking out seven with no walks against the Razorbacks (17-35, 1-19).
Claire Clark (4-4) suffered the loss, allowing eight runs (seven earned), on six hits with six walks. Peyton Carter came on in relief and pitched four innings, allowing two runs on five hits as neither pitcher had a strikeout.
In the first, Simmons walked, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Emily Griggs and scored on Bianka Bell’s double to give the Tigers a 1-0 advantage. Walljasper later singled to make it 2-0.
Arkansas’ Nicole Schroeder hit a solo home run in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to 2-1.
In the second, Jaquish and Kloss had a pair of two-out, two-run doubles to make it 6-1, and Walljasper’s RBI single pushed the lead to 7-1.
But the Razorbacks fought back for three runs in the bottom half of the inning on four hits to cut LSU’s lead to 7-4.
With a pair of outs in the third, Simmons laced a tripleed, Griggs walked, and Bell reached on an error at third, allowing Simmons to score to make it 8-4.
In the fourth, Jaquish’s solo shot extended the lead 9-4 before the delay.
In the bottom half of the fourth, the Razorbacks produced three hits and another run to pull within 9-5.
In the fifth, Serrett singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Simmons’ RBI double made the score 10-5 before Arkansas added the game’s final run in the sixth on a double, a two-out wild pitch and a single.
LSU 5, ARKANSAS 4: After falling behind 4-0, LSU scored two in the sixth and got a two-out, two-RBI triple from Kloss to take the lead in a three-run seventh.
Three Tigers finished with two hits, paced by Kloss, who was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, roping her 10th double and second triple of the year. Simmons was 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Bianka Bell went 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored.
Carley Hoover (15-6) earned the win, striking out eight while giving up a walk in a complete-game effort.
Grace Moll (12-28) suffered the loss, allowing all five runs on 10 hits with nine strikeouts and three walks, tossing 144 pitches in all seven innings. Ashley Diaz and Shelby Hiers each had two hits for Arkansas.