LSU finishes third at Women's College World Series

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Photo by LSUsports.net.

LSU's resurgent, history-making softball season officially came to a close on Sunday as they fell to third-seeded Michigan in the semifinals of the Women's College World Series.

The Tigers led 3-1 before the hard-charging Michigan squad scored five straight runs to capture the victory. The loss eliminated LSU from the tournament and earned them the No. 3 ranking to end the year.

It's the third time in their last four trips to the World Series that they finished with that ranking.

LSU opened the World Series in style Thursday evening as they ran past SEC rival Auburn, 6-1.

They moved on to the winner's bracket to face another SEC foe in defending champion and top seed Florida on Friday evening. That game was scoreless until the fifth inning when Lauren Haeger blasted a two-run homer.

Florida eventually added two more runs to blank LSU, 4-0, forcing the Tigers to play in an elimination game on Saturday evening.

LSU stood tall as they fought off SEC West rival Alabama and closed out the 5-3 victory. It eliminated Alabama and pushed the Tigers on to the semifinals on Sunday.

To reach the championship series, they were faced with the tall task of having to beat Michigan twice.

They looked like they were on their way to getting the first win early on as former East Ascension Lady Spartan Bailey Landry belted out a two-RBI shot into left to give LSU a 3-1 lead.

However, Michigan made a hard charge--scoring five unanswered runs to claim the 6-3 victory and end LSU's impressive season.

The Tigers finished the year at 52-14 overall.

Along with the solid record, they made school history earlier in the year when they won 25 straight games--which was second to only the 1980-81 men's basketball team, who won 26 in a row.

LSU also surged to the top of the rankings for the first time in the program's history.

Landry created some individual history in her sophomore campaign. She set the new LSU record for most consecutive games with a hit with 21.

Throughout the postseason, she was the only LSU player to register a hit in all NCAA Tournament games. She led the team with a .429 batting average throughout the postseason.

The Tigers look to be tough again next season as Landry returns along with fellow sophomore slugger Sahvanna Jaquish.

LSU's freshman sensation Carley Hoover will be back in the circle and juniors Bianka Bell and Kellsi Kloss will return as tough outs for any opposing pitcher.