Baton Rouge, La. - The University of Arkansas softball team fell 9-1 to LSU in five innings moving its overall record 18-15 and 2-11 in Southeastern Conference. LSU moves to 26-8 and 9-1 in the SEC.
"It just wasn't our day today." said head coach Mike Larabee. "LSU had the momentum from the beginning."
Arkansas went three up, three down with three swinging strikeouts to senior Brittney Mack in the top of the first inning.
The Tigers came out ready to play bringing in three runs in the first inning off of four hits.
The Razorbacks placed their first runner on base in the top of the second when Andrea Sullivan was hit by a pitch. Sierra Bronkey got to first after a fielder's choice put out Amanda Summerford, who was pinch running for Sullivan. Bronkey then advanced to second off of another fielder's choice, to tag Jennifer Rambo out, on her way to first. Unfortunately, Bronkey was left on second and unable to make it home keeping the score at 3-0 Tigers.
"Brittany Mack is a special pitcher," said head coach Mike Larabee. "She kept our hitters off balance throughout the game."
Arkansas responded in the top of the third beginning with a base hit from Tori Mort. Devon Wallace followed with a single to the outskirts of the infield, advancing Mort to second. Clarisa Navarro collected a sacrifice bunt to advance Mort to third and Wallace to second. Geile grabbed her first RBI and second hit of the weekend when she placed the ball in left-center field to bring Mort in for the score. The inning ended with Sullivan striking out swinging bringing the score to 3-1 advantage Tigers. With that run scored, the Razorbacks ended the Tigers 56.1 shutout streak.
LSU came out swinging in the bottom of the fourth bringing in three more runs off of three hits.
Wallace grabbed her second hit of the game in the top of the fifth when she dropped a ball into left-center field. Wallace was left on base as Mack grabbed two more strikeouts.
The Tigers put three more runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth forcing the run rule and giving the Tigers the 9-1 victory.
"We have another shot at them tomorrow," said Larabee. "We need to keep our heads up high and come out tomorrow and work hard to bring home a victory."
Arkansas wraps up its series with LSU tomorrow at 1 p.m. There will be live stats and a live blog available on ArkansasRazorbacks.com. For more information regarding Razorback softball or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.