Press release from Southern Miss Athletics
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Southern Miss softball team dropped a 5-0 decision on the road to No. 8 LSU at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge on Wednesday night.
Southern Miss recorded six hits on the night against the nationally-ranked Tigers. Morgan McKeever paced the team, finishing 3-for-3 on the night. Samantha Papp added two hits in the game, while Tori Rouse delivered a pinch-hit double. Sarah Evans and Jillian Johnson each drew walks in the game and Tori Dew extended her team-leading reached base safely streak to 14 games being hit by a pitch in the first inning.
In the circle, the Golden Eagles used a pair of pitchers. J. Johnson earned the start. The sophomore worked 3.0 innings allowing two runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout. J. Johnson extended her streak without allowing an earned run to 22.2 before allowing a run in the second inning. She was relieved by Samantha Robles. The redshirt sophomore worked the final 3.0 innings, surrendering three runs (two earned runs) on four hits and a pair of walks.
LSU was the first team to score, plating a run in the bottom of the second inning. The leadoff batter was hit by a pitch to put a runner on base for the Tigers. Pitcher Allie Walljasper helped her own cause dropping a single just inside the right field foul line, leaving the home team with runners on the corners. LSU plated the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly to right field.
The Tigers added a run in the third. The home team used a double by Bianka Bell and a triple by Kellsi Kloss to push their lead to 2-0 through three innings of play.
LSU used a solo home run from Amber Serrett in the fourth and another solo homer by Sahvanna Jaquish in the fifth to extend its advantage.
Southern Miss threatened in the top of the sixth inning. Papp led off the inning with a single to left field. Back-to-back fielder’s choices left a runner on first with two outs. McKeever singled and Evans walked to load the bases, but an infield popup ended the threat.
The final run of the game came in the sixth inning. With two outs, LSU used a single to place a runner on base. The runner stole second base to move into scoring position. The runner took third and was able to come home on an error by the Golden Eagles.
Southern Miss returns to action this weekend as the Golden Eagles travel to San Antonio to face UTSA in a three-game Conference USA series. Live stats and in-game tweets (@SouthernMissSB) will be available throughout the weekend.