LAWRENCE, Kan. - Holding on to a slim, one-run lead after four innings, a two-run home run from the bat of freshman Sydney Springfield in the top of the fifth gave the No. 12 LSU softball team enough of a cushion and momentum to score more and defeat the Kansas Jayhawks 10-2 in six innings Friday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark at Rock Chalk Park.
From the jump the Tigers (22-6) and Jayhawks (16-10) traded blows, with LSU scoring first, but not before Kansas tied the game in a thrilling second. After getting two runs back in the very next frame, KU would pull within one after four to put pressure on the Tigers to answer. They did, and it would be the separator as the visitors would hold on and earn a sweep of action on Friday after pulling out a 7-0 win over Omaha earlier in the day.
The Tigers bruised Kansas hitting to the tune of 14 hits as a squad, with five different players ending the game with multiple hits. The leader in the clubhouse was Springfield who not only belted one homer but came back to smoke another in the sixth amid a five-run frame for the Tigers and tied her season high in RBIs with six and homers in a game with two.
Bailey Landry finished the game going 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored, with Constance Quinn, Amber Serrett and Aliyah Andrews having two hits each.
Carley Hoover (6-3) earned the victory as she held Kansas to two runs, one earned, on just a pair of hits in six innings, striking out six and walking one.
Kansas used three pitchers against LSU on Friday, as Alexis Reid (9-5) suffered the loss as she allowed five runs, four earned, on nine hits in five innings. Erin McGinley had both of the Jayhawk hits.
The Game Turned When...
Leading by one run after Kansas plated its second of the game in the bottom of the fourth, Landry doubled down the line in left to get an LSU runner on. It set the table for Springfield who went deep into the count before blasting one over the fence in left center to give LSU a three-run lead at 5-2.
Sydney Springfield: 3-4, 2 HR, six RBIs, two runs scored
Bailey Landry: 3-4, double, stolen base, three runs scored
Constance Quinn: 2-3, run scored, walk
Amber Serrett: 2-4
Aliyah Andrews: 2-3, stolen base, two runs scored
Emily Griggs: 1-4, RBI, run scored
Shemiah Sanchez: 1-2, double, run scored
Carley Hoover: 6.0 IP, two runs, one earned, two hits, five strikeouts, one walk
Head Coach Beth Torina on the team's offensive output against Kansas...
"We were able to get players to contribute throughout the lineup. We also got some huge swings at the plate from Sydney Springfield who has had a couple of great games in a row here for us. I'm just proud of the way the offense is swinging the bat and our staff is doing a great job with them and proving to be a very potent offense."
On the performance of Carley Hoover Friday...
"I thought she was really solid and consistent today. She kept us in the game at all times and seemed to control the game from start to finish."
LSU will close out play at the Rock Chalk Challenge in Lawrence on Saturday, taking on Tulsa at 9 a.m. and Southeast Missouri State at 11:30 a.m. Both games will be televised live on Cox Sports Television.