LSU softball handed first loss of regional, setting up Game 7 vs. Louisiana on Sunday night
LSU lost its first game of the regional on Sunday afternoon, dropping one 7-4 to Louisiana.
Louisiana plated one against LSU starter Ali Kilponen in the first, but the LSU offense found a response. Karli Petty blasted one over the center field fence and kicked off a four-run inning for the Tigers.
UL had a response of its own, homering in the bottom of the inning and knocking Kilponen out of the game. The Cajuns kept it going in the third, chasing Alea Johnson from the mound and forcing Beth Torina to turn to a third pitcher in Raelin Chaffin.
Chaffin allowed a run of her own, but helped stabilize the game and went the rest of the way.
Meanwhile, LSU struggled to create runs after the four-run second. The Tigers didn’t notch a single hit over the next four innings. A walk and stolen base put a runner in scoring position in the fifth, but nothing came of it.
Yeah, that one went yard.
Karli Petty gave the Tigers the lead in Tiger Park 😤
📺 SECN | @PettyKarli pic.twitter.com/Vqk1Crv2Mh
— LSU Softball (@LSUsoftball) May 21, 2023
In the top of the seventh, LSU mounted a threat, putting runners on second and third with two outs. Georgia Clark then lifted a ball down the left field line that was ruled foul.
Torina wanted a review but after some discussion was told a ball that went over the foul pole could not be reviewed. Clark grounded out on the next pitch and the game was over.
LSU and Louisiana will face Sunday night in Game 7 with a trip to the super regional on the line. It will be the third match of the weekend between the two. LSU won the first matchup on Saturday evening.
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