PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Trailing for most of the game and facing a three-run deficit with one out left remaining, the No. 8 LSU softball team got a big hit from Sahvanna Jaquish to tie the game in the seventh but would fall in a nail-biter 6-5 to the No. 4 UCLA Bruins in eight innings Saturday night at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.
The Tigers (12-2) spotted the Bruins (13-2) a four-run cushion after the first inning thanks to a grand slam for the visitors. But LSU never gave up and chipped away at the lead thanks to a pair of Amanda Doyle solo home runs, even as UCLA got another run in the fourth to make it a three-score game, LSU started a two-out rally thanks to a pinch-hit single from Elyse Thornhill.
After Thornhill got on base and following a walk to Emily Griggs, Bailey Landry followed suit with a single, as Jaquish ripped a double down the left field line bringing everyone in to tie the game at five.
Other than the grand slam in the first, LSU starting pitcher Carley Hoover (2-0) worked through jams and kept the deficit within reach for the offense as she finished the night going 6.1 innings, allowing five runs on six hits with eight strikeouts and six walks.
Unfortunately, Allie Walljasper (5-1) would suffer the loss as she would come on in the bottom of the seventh and work out of a jam with two runners on, but going into the eighth and the international tie-breaker in effect that starts with a runner on second base to begin an inning, a sacrifice bunt advanced the runner to third, with an error allowing the runner to score from third for the game-winning run to end the contest.
Game Two: Utah 3, LSU 0
Coming off of a hard-fought game just 30 minutes earlier, the No. 8 LSU softball team couldn't muster the timely hit when it needed and stranded five runners on base as the Tigers fell to the No. 17 Utah Utes 3-0 to close out play at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.
Having some chances early, LSU (12-3) would be unable to capitalize on them and put the pressure on the Utes (11-0) as the opposition was able to plate a run in the in the fourth and two more in the fifth to jut out to a 3-0 lead and the Tigers would not be able to recover.
Sahvanna Jaquish had two of LSU's five hits in the game, with Bailey Landry, Shemiah Sanchez and Sydney Springfield having a hit each.
Sydney Smith (4-1) suffered the loss although she only allowed one run on five hits with a strikeout and two walks in 3.2 innings. Allie Walljasper came on in relief and allowed two runs on three hits in an inning, while Carley Hoover closed out the game for the Tigers, pitching the final 1.1 innings with a strikeout and a walk.
Utah's Katie Donovan struck out seven in the win for Utah, while the Ute offense earned eight hits and had six players earn a base knock on the afternoon.