Lady Tigers sweep Ole Miss with ease

Clyde Verdin
LSU's Kailey McCasland. Photo by LSUsports.net.

After seeing the Ole Miss Rebels score more runs in one inning than they had in two previous games, the LSU softball team did seven better by scoring 10 runs in a lengthy top of the second to cruise to a 13-4 win in five innings to earn the sweep Sunday afternoon at the Ole Miss Softball complex in Oxford.

After taking a 1-0 lead after the first inning, things looked to go south for the Tigers (31-20, 11-10 SEC) quickly as the Rebels (22-28, 3-28) scored three runs to take their first lead of the series to change the dynamic quickly. Instead, after battling through adverse conditions and a rain delay, LSU scored 10 runs on just three hits, receiving seven walks of their eight total walks in the inning alone to jump out to a lead it would never relinquish to earn the sweep and clinch a berth in the conference tournament in two weeks.

Six different Tigers earned a hit on the day, but the two biggest came in the second from the bench in Kailey McCasland and Alayna Falcon. In a big pinch-hit scenario, McCasland earned her first and only hit of the afternoon to give LSU the lead back with the bases loaded and brought in two, while the younger Falcon drove in two on her only hit of the day, while a third run came in on the same play after an error in the outfield to put the team up big.

Kellsi Kloss smacked her ninth home run of the season and had two RBIs with two runs scored, as Sahvanna Jaquish extended her hitting streak to seven games in going 1-for -3 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. A.J. Andrews stole three bases for the second time this week and went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored, as Allison Falcon went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

LSU starter Ashley Czechner earned her 11th win of the season and had her second five-inning start of the series in allowing four runs, two earned, on five hits with a walk and a strikeout on just 75 pitches to earn her second win of the weekend.

After holding LSU in check in a relief effort on Saturday, Ole Miss starter Emily Gaitan took the loss and fell to 4-7 on the season after giving up eight runs, only three earned, on two hits with a strikeout and five walks in 1.2 innings of work. Carly Hummel, Friday’s starter, came on and pitched the final 3.1 innings and gave up five runs, two earned, on four hits with three walks and a strikeout.

Rebel second baseman Alyssa Invergo went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while designated player Natalie Nimmo drove in two runs.