BATON ROUGE, La., – The University of Arkansas softball team dropped a Southeastern Conference game against No. 13/15 LSU 3-2 on Sunday at Tiger Park.
Arkansas (24-21, 8-11 SEC) knocked out eight hits but stranded runners on base in the first three innings before pushing single runs across the board in the fifth and the sixth.
LSU (36-9, 14-5 SEC) improves to 28-1 at home this season and have extends its winning streak to seven games.
The Tigers tallied an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning on a throwing error by the first baseman to take an early 1-0 lead.
Arkansas tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI double by center fielder Jessica Bachkora to send home shortstop Brittany Griffiths who singled with two outs in the inning.
LSU regained the lead 3-1 in the home half of the fifth after back-to-back RBI singles by designated player Ashley Applegate and shortstop Allison Falcon.
An RBI single by Arkansas senior Miranda Dixon in the top of the sixth inning cut the LSU advantage to 3-2. First baseman Layne McGuirt scored on the play after leading off the frame with a single. The Razorbacks started the inning with three straight hits but were limited to the single run as the LSU defense turned a critical double play and pitcher Rachele Fico induced a groundout to end the frame.
Razorback starting pitcher Hope McLemore (12-9) allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits through five innings while striking out three and walking four. Freshman Chelsea Cohen pitched a scoreless sixth inning in relief.
Fico earned her fourth save of the season shutting out the Razorbacks through the final two innings while striking out two. Senior Cody Trahan (11-2) earned the win after surrendering only two runs on seven hits in five innings. Trahan struck out four and did not issue a walk.
Arkansas takes a break from conference play this week as it travels to Sherwood, Ark., for a Wednesday matchup against Memphis. First pitch for the midweek game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Rankings are based on the ESPN/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA collegiate softball polls released Tuesday.