ATHENS, Ga. — The No. 8 LSU softball team was unable to capitalize with runners on base in dropping a 3-1 decision to No. 10 Georgia at Jack Turner Stadium on Sunday.
After pulling within a run, LSU (28-9, 5-7 Southeastern Conference) couldn’t get a timely hit and stranded eight runners.
“We’re happy to walk out of here with a series win. We had opportunities to win the game today, but couldn’t perform like we needed to,” coach Beth Torina said after her team won two games in the series. “Overall I think we played well, and it was a big moment for our team to come in here and take a series against a really good program.”
Georgia (31-7, 5-4) stranded 11 on the day, but after scoring two runs in the second, added a run in the sixth.
Georgia also committed three errors.
Sandra Simmons and Elyse Thornhill had LSU hits in the game — both singles.
Sydney Smith (7-2) took the loss after allowing two runs on five hits with a walk in 1.2 innings. Carley Hoover came on in relief and pitched the remaining four innings, striking out six and walking two, allowing a run on four hits.
Chelsea Wilkinson (17-2) got the win, allowing an unearned run with eight strikeouts and four walks. Brittany Gray (5) earned the save, retiring all three batters she faced.
LSU had runners at second and third in the top half of the second but was unable to capitalize.
The Tigers got the first two outs in the bottom of the inning, but the Bulldogs got two straight hits, setting up Sydni Emanuel’s to a two-RBI triple to put Georgia up 2-0.
A bunt single put runners at the corners and ended Smith’s day. After the runner from first stole second to put two in scoring position, a fly ball went into foul territory in left, and Thornhill made a catch over a railing to end the threat.
In the top of the fourth with one out, Kellsi Kloss drew a walk and moved to second on a passed ball. Constance Quinn drew a walk, an Thornhill hit a low grounder to first that wasn’t fielded cleanly, allowing pinch runner Taylor Lockwood to score to make it 2-1. LSU, however, stranded runners at second and third.
With an out in the top of the fifth, Simmons laced a single to right, and Bianka Bell chopped one high off the dirt, resulting in Georgia’s third error to put runners at the corners . But the Tigers stranded both runners as a pop up in foul territory and a strikeout ended the inning.
Georgia padded the lead in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI infield single by Cortni Emanuel.
LSU returns to action Wednesday hosting Southern Miss at 6 p.m. at Tiger Park.