COLLEGE STATION, Texas — After falling behind by three runs early, the No. 4 LSU softball team was unable to get its offense going in falling to the No. 11 Texas A&M Aggies 6-2 in the series opener Friday.
Game two of the series is set for 3 p.m. at the Aggie Softball Complex.
LSU (24-4, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) mustered just three hits, while Texas A&M (26-2, 1-0) earned six runs on seven hits, including three home runs.
Elyse Thornhill earned two of LSU’s three hits, going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Bianka Bell had the other hit for the Tigers.
Carley Hoover (10-1) suffered her first loss of the season, going the distance with two strikeouts and five walks.
Samantha Show (14-2) earned the win, striking out four and walking five in the complete-game victory.
Tori Vidales was 2-for-3 with a pair of home runs, two RBIs and three runs scored, while Cali Lamphear had a home run and three RBIs.
After LSU stranded two in the top of the first, Texas A&M came back in the bottom half as Lamphear’s three-run home run in the next at-bat put the Aggies up 3-0.
The Aggies nearly got more as a hit and two more walks loaded the bases before a strikeout and grounder to third ended the inning.
Bailey Landry led off the top of the second with a walk but was out on the next play on a fielder’s choice for the first out. Thornhill took two pitches before ripping a double off the wall in right center, scoring Amber Serrett to cut the lead to 3-1.
A solo home run from Vidales with two outs in the bottom of the second inning put the Aggies up 4-1.
A single and a pair of walks loaded the bases for Texas A&M in the bottom of the third inning, and the Aggies went up 5-1 on a sacrifice fly.
Kellsi Kloss drew a walk to reach first but was out at second on a fielder’s choice in the top of the fourth. A wild pitch allowed Landry to move to second, and Thornhill came through again with a single through the right side to score the outfielder to make it a 5-2 game.
With one out in the bottom half of the fourth, another solo home run from Vidales gave Texas A&M a 6-2 lead.