Cowgirls fall to LSU 7-1
LAKE CHARLES- An early Tiger lead and missed opportunities caused McNeese softball to fall 1-7 to LSU Tuesday night at Joe Miller Field at Cowgirl Diamond. The game had the second-largest crowd in Cowgirl Diamond history.
“I thought pitcher Ashley Vallejo had a good performance, and the score does not represent how well she pitched,” said head coach James Landreneau. “Vallejo gave us the chance to get us on and off the field quickly. We were able to get traffic on base but could not get timely hits to score runs.”
The Tigers scored the first run of the game with an RBI single with one out. An RBI single allowed LSU to score and a Cowgirl error advanced runners to second and third; however, pitcher Ashley Vallejo diffused the threat with a strikeout to close the inning.
In the top of the fifth inning, two consecutive hits set LSU up for a three-run homer. The final run of the inning was scored with an RBI double (0-6).
The sixth inning was opened by leadoff hitter Kaylee Lopez smacking her first home run of the season to put McNeese on the scoreboard at 1-6.
LSU responded with a solo home run of its own in the top of the seventh to score the final run of the ball game (7-1).
- A Tiger RBI single scored the first run of the game
- LSU tacked on an additional run with a second RBI single
- A Tiger increased LSU’s lead with a three-run homer
- The Tigers increased their lead to 6-0 with an RBI double
- Kaylee Lopez’s solo leadoff home run to center field scored the first and only Cowgirl run of the game
- A Tiger solo home run scored the final run of the game 1-7
- Pitcher Ashley Vallejo (10-7) absorbed the loss, earning four strikeouts and giving up seven runs on six hits
- Lopez led the Cowgirls at the plate with two hits including a home run, one RBI, and one run scored
- McNeese drew one walk while LSU drew two
- The Cowgirls had seven hits while the Tigers had nine hits
- Nine Cowgirls were left on base including four in scoring position
- Three Tigers were left on base
The Cowgirls will travel to Beaumont to open a three-game series against Lamar Friday, April 22 at 5 p.m. The following day, Saturday, April 23 at 1 p.m. the Cowgirls will host the Cardinals in a doubleheader at Joe Miller Field at Cowgirl Diamond.
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