LAWRENCE, Kan. - Just over 12 hours after leaving the field in Wichita, the No. 12 LSU softball team took to the field again for the start of the Rock Chalk Challenge in Lawrence and scored six runs in the first two innings to eventually cruise to a 7-0 win over the Omaha Mavericks Friday morning at Arrocha Ballpark.
Coming off of a comeback, eight-inning win over Wichita State the night before, LSU (21-6) wasted little time in setting the tone by scoring six of their runs in the first two innings alone to push ahead and stay there. The Tigers used both the long and short game to push runs across, producing 10 total hits on the morning in the victory.
Bailey Landry was one of two LSU players with multiple hits in the game, as the senior was 2-for-4, hitting her second home run of the season, with three RBIs and two runs scored. Emily Griggs was also 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Locking down the circle and earning her eighth win of the season was junior Allie Walljasper (8-1), as she was masterful in scattering four hits and pitching her third shutout of the season in the process. Walljasper struck out a season-high nine and helped her cause at the plate earning a hit and scoring a run.
Omaha's (8-15) Laura Roecker (5-7) suffered the loss as she allowed six runs, four earned, on five hits with a walk and a strikeout. Left fielder Lia Mancuso had three of the Mavs' four hits in the game.
The Game Turned When...
Even with a quick turnaround and early start, the LSU offense wasted little time in getting going early plating two runs in the opening frame on a pair of hits, while taking to the plate in the very next inning and scoring four, thanks in part to a Landry three-run home run laser to straight center to put LSU up six.
Bailey Landry: 2-4, HR, three RBIs, two runs scored
Emily Griggs: 2-4, RBI, two runs scored
Sydney Springfield: 1-4, double
Nicky Dawson: 1-1, two walks
Amber Serrett: 1-3, run scored
Elyse Thornhill: 1-3
Aliyah Andrews: 1-1
Head Coach Beth Torina on the team's start after the quick turnaround... "I thought they did a good job of being prepared and having great energy this morning even after a late night. That was a gritty job by them. They did a good job of coming out swinging and attacking early."
On Allie Walljasper's performance... "Allie did what Allie always does. She gives us that performance all the time and we know what we're getting from her. She's just the picture of consistency and it was another good game from her."
On what they can take from this game into the Kansas game later... "I still think there are some details we need to clean up, especially having more productive at-bats. We had some opportunities get away from us late in the game, and we just need to continue to have good at-bats throughout our lineup one through nine."
The Tigers will take on the host Kansas Jayhawks later today at 4:30 p.m. in Lawrence.