No. 12 LSU tops Kansas, 10-2
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas softball’s home win streak came to an end against No. 12 LSU, as the Tigers powered past the Jayhawks, 10-2, on Friday night at Arrocha Ballpark at Rock Chalk Park.
Entering the game, KU had won four games in a row at home before the Tigers ended KU’s winning streak at Arrocha Ballpark. LSU outhit the Jayhawks, 14-2, and junior outfielder Erin McGinley recorded both hits for Kansas. The Prairie Village, Kansas native also drove in both of KU’s runs.Freshman Madison Sykes
Sophomore Alexis Reid got the starting nod in the circle for the second time this weekend and dropped to a 9-5 mark with the loss. Reid sat down the first five batters she faced in order before LSU was able to get the go ahead runner aboard. The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the opening frame with an unearned run before the Jayhawks were able to retire the side.
In the bottom half of the second, Kansas answered and tied the ballgame with one swing of the bat. McGinley launched a solo shot over the wall in right field, evening the score, 1-1, with her second long ball of the season.
LSU regained the lead in the third with a pair runs after freshman Sydney Springfield hit a two-RBI single to centerfield. The infielder’s base knock gave the Tigers a 3-1 lead heading to the bottom half of the third frame.
In the fourth inning, Reid tossed her second shutout inning of the game and stranded a pair of Tigers in scoring position. Reid gave up nine hits and four earned runs in her 15th start of the year. In the bottom half of the inning, McGinley delivered again and cut the deficit to a run, 3-2, with a RBI single to centerfield.
Springfield struck again for the Tigers in the fifth frame with a two-run homer to left field. Springfield’s second hit of the day increased LSU’s advantage, 5-2. The Tigers sealed the victory with five more runs in the sixth inning and claimed the 10-2 win in a shortened game. Kansas dropped to 1-1 on the weekend with the loss.
Kansas continues action at the Rock Chalk Challenge with Tulsa on Saturday, March 18 at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the Jayhawk Radio Network.
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