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LSU upends Tennessee 6-2 in quarterfinals

1115 days ago
SEC Network
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Earlier this season, LSU ended a Tennessee 20-game win streak. Tonight they ended the Vols' SEC Tournament championship hopes, eliminating the No. 3-seeded Volunteers in the fourth game of the quarterfinals. Down 2-0 after three, the Tigers scored six unanswered runs in a come-from-behind rally that started in the fourth inning.

LSU is 10-1 when playing in Tennessee in the SEC Tournament. The Tigers went on to win back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002 when the tournament was hosted in Chattanooga.

This is the fifth consecutive year that the SEC Tournament host team did not advance past its first game.

LSU RHP Allie Walljasper (15-4) pitched her second complete game against Tennessee this season, closing out 13 of the last 14 batters in the final four innings.

Teammate Sahvanna Jaquish says she and the freshman pitcher complement each other well.

"We just calm each other down," said Jaquish. "She's really stoic and I'm really just outgoing. So, she's like 'Hey, calm down, we got this.' And I look at her and kind of look up to her even though she's a younger player."

After being held hitless through the first three innings, the Tigers' offense got a big lift from senior Bailey Landry, who went 3-for-4 with one RBI and scored two runs.

"I was just trying to swing at good pitches," said Landry. "We faced them not that long ago so I had a pretty good idea of the pitches they would throw me, pretty much. I was just making sure I was calm, ready and had good selection."

This is the 14th semifinal appearance for LSU, second most in the SEC.

UP NEXT: LSU faces No. 2 seed Auburn in a rematch of the 2016 SEC Championship game. The two teams are set to face off in the second game of the semifinals Friday on ESPNU. The game will start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first semifinal matchup between No. 5 seed Alabama and No. 8 seed Ole Miss, which is scheduled to start at 3 pm ET.