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LSU upsets Tennessee to advance to SEC Championship

2389 days ago
SEC Staff
Photo: Mississippi State Athletics

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- In the first SEC Tournament Semifinal, the No. 7 seed LSU Tigers and No. 3 seed Tennessee Volunteers found themselves engaged in a pitchers' duel that went to extras.

After retiring the first two batters of the game, Matty Moss gave up a solo shot off the scoreboard to Bianka Bell. A Bell home run bodes well for the Tigers as they are undefeated this season when Bell goes deep.

Moss held LSU batters to just one hit over the next four innings.

The Volunteers threatened in the bottom of the fifth when Shaliyah Geathers came to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. Allie Walljasper's pitch came inside and hit Geathers, walking in the tying run. After an LSU pitching change, Carley Hoover struck out Gretchen Aucoin, limiting the damage to just one Tennessee run.

Sahvanna Jaquish doubled to left center in the top of the seventh, only the third hit allowed by Moss all game. With the runner advancing to third, Walljasper came to the plate with a chance to bring the go-ahead run home. After working into a full count, Moss got Walljasper to go down swinging, staving off an LSU comeback.

In the bottom of the frame, leadoff batter Meghan Gregg doubled down the left-field line, putting the winning run on base for Tennessee. Walljasper took the next three Volunteers down one-two-three to end the inning and send the game to extras.

With two outs in the top of the eighth, LSU's Emily Griggs singled up the middle. The next batter, Sandra Simmons, took Moss deep to center field to put the Tigers up 3-1. 

LSU advances to the championship game for SEC-best 10th time, but first time since 2010.

NEXT UP: No. 7 seed LSU plays in the Championship game tomorrow against the winner of No. 4 seed Auburn and No. 1 seed Florida. The game will be played at 5:00 pm ET / 4:00 pm CT on ESPN.