COLUMBIA, Mo. — The No. 3 LSU softball team started its series-opening game against No. 15 Missouri by scoring two runs early, but a lengthy rain delay seemed to change the dynamic of the game.
From that point, Missouri scored seven runs over three innings to defeat LSU 7-2 Saturday night at University Field.
With the game tied at 2, the rain — which pushed the game back to 6 p.m. — returned and caused a 40-minute delay. From that point, LSU (41-7, 13-6 Southeastern Conference) managed one hit, while Missouri (34-10, 12-7) finished the game with nine, all coming with two outs.
Bianka Bell drove in the first run of the game in the first, while Kellsi Kloss hit her 11th home run of the season in the third to give LSU a 2-0 lead. Kloss has hit four of the last six LSU home runs while extending her hitting streak to 11 games.
A.J. Andrews and Constance Quinn had each of the other two hits for the team on the day.
Carley Hoover (12-3) suffered the loss for LSU, allowing five runs (four earned) on nine hits with five walks and four strikeouts. Hoover tossed 135 pitches. Baylee Corbello came on in relief midway through but did not record an out.
She allowed two runs and gave up four walks before Hoover came back in to close out the game.
Missouri had its chances early after leaving multiple runners on base, but struck with two-run homers from Corrin Genovese and Amanda Sanzhez to make it 4-2.
Missouri added three more runs to put the game away.
Paige Lowary (16-3) struck out nine and walked four in allowing both runs on four hits, hurling 141 pitches on the evening to capture the complete-game victory.
Andrews led off the game drawing a walk to get the first runner on base for either team in the contest. After moving to second on an infield grounder, Bell ripped a shot up the middle to easily score Andrews to make it 1-0 LSU.
With two outs already against LSU in the top of the third, Kloss with a 1-2 count blasted one over the fence in center to put the Tigers up 2-0. Missouri put together a two-out rally in the third.
After a single, Genovese homered to right to knot the game at 2. Right after that was when the delay hit, and after about 40 minutes, LSU came back on the field and Hoover earned her first strikeout to end the inning.
In the fourth, Missouri got another two-run shot, this time from Sanchez, giving the home team its first lead at 4-2.
The second game of the series is set for 3 p.m. Sunday.