LSU softball team’s stay in the Southeastern Conference tournament a short one

LSU softball team's stay in the Southeastern Conference tournament a short one
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The No. 6 seed LSU softball team was eliminated on the first day of the Southeastern Conference softball tournament at Bogle Park in Fayetteville, Arkansas, despite putting in overtime.

No. 11 seed Ole Miss scored twice in the top of the 10th inning to down the Tigers 5-3. Three of the Rebels’ five runs resulted because of four errors by the Tigers.

“Ole Miss does a good job putting pressure on you,” LSU coach Beth Torina said. “We had a similar situation at Ole Miss without Taylor [Pleasants]. They run well; they put the ball in play; they bunt a lot and move their runners up.

“They create pressure, and you have to be solid on defense. You need to forget the lead runners and trail runners and get the outs. I know it sounds cliche, but just be the first one to 21 outs, and we didn’t do a good job of that.”

The Rebels didn’t need any help in the 10th inning. Tate Whitley led off with a single off of reliever Ali Kiponen ahead of Paige Smith’s two-run home run to make it 5-3.

Sydney Berzon started for LSU and pitched six innings while giving up five hits, no walks and striking out seven. But Ole Miss (30-25) touched her up for two unearned runs in the third and another in the fifth.

Down 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth, LSU (40-15) staged a comeback. Savannah Stewart led off with a single, then advanced to second on a one-out single by Ciara Briggs. Taylor Pleasants drove them both home with a double into left-center field.

Stewart was the only LSU player to collect two hits, and Georgia Clark had the other LSU RBI with a single in the first inning for a 1-0 lead. 

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