PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — The No. 4 LSU softball team scored multiple runs in three consecutive innings to key a 10-5 win over No. 8 UCLA to close out the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic on Sunday.
The Tigers (8-2) scored 10 runs on 11 hits, scoring four in the second, two in the third and three in the fourth to take a comfortable lead and thwarting some Bruin (6-3) comeback bids later in the contest.
Eight LSU players collected hits, led by Constance Quinn, Amber Serrett and Sandra Simmons, all of whom had two each. All three also drove in two runs, with Serrett and Simmons each scoring twice.
Carley Hoover (4-0) remained unbeaten on the season, pitching 5.1 innings while allowing five runs on 12 hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. Allie Walljasper went the 1.2 innings, giving up one hit with two strikeouts in her third appearance of the weekend.
UCLA’s Selina Ta’amilo (5-1) suffered the loss after allowing six runs on five hits in 2.2 innings with two strikeouts and three walks. Johanna Grauer pitched the remaining 4.1 innings, allowing four runs on six hits, striking out one with two walks. Bruin pitchers were done in by illegal pitches, with three being called in crucial spots.
Six Bruin hitters finished with two hits, with Mysha Sataraka and Madeline Jelenicki hitting home runs.
In the top of the second, Kellsi Kloss singled and moved to second and third on illegal pitches. Bailey Landry walked on the second one to put runners at the corners, and Serrett’s ground-rule double scored Kloss to make it 1-0.
With two outs, and Serrett at third, Simmons was walked to put runners at the corners. She stole second, and Quinn singled to score both to make it 3-0. Quinn stole second, and Emily Griggs’ infield single scored a run to make it 4-0.
UCLA loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the second, but LSU got a roller to first ended the inning.
Kloss was hit by a pitch to open the third. A grounder advanced her to second, and Serrett walked. Another UCLA illegal pitch pushed the two to second and third, and one out later, Simmons singled to right to drive in both and put LSU up 6-0.
UCLA’s Jelenicki and Sataraka belted back-to-back solo home runs in the first two at-bats of the bottom of the third to cut LSU’s lead to 6-2.
Griggs drew a leadoff walk to open the fourth and moved to second after a wild pitch. Sahvanna Jaquish singled to put runners at the corners, and Bianka Bell singled to put LSU up 7-2. Kloss sacrificed the runners over to second and third, and Landry singled to make it 8-2. Serrett singled to score Bell and make it 9-2.
UCLA got two runs back in the bottom of the fifth, earning three hits to trim the lead to 9-4 and added another run in the sixth.
LSU got some insurance as Simmons opened the seventh with a single, and Quinn rolled a bunt single own the third base line to put two on. Griggs grounded out to second to advance the runners, and Jaquish flew out to right to make it 10-5.
LSU returns to action on Wednesday, hosting South Alabama at 6 p.m. in Tiger Park.