KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- No. 6 seed LSU secured their spot in the finals, beating defending champion and No. 2 seed Auburn 6-0. This is LSU's 11th appearance in the title game, a conference best.
LSU scored six runs for its third consecutive game after only accomplishing that two times in the regular season.
This was the second time LSU shut out Auburn this year but only the fifth time this season Auburn has been held scoreless.
LSU batters worked on Auburn pitcher Kaylee Carlson (26-4) and the Auburn defense for the first four innings. LSU capitalized in the fifth inning with five runs off of four hits and four Auburn errors.
Auburn batters gained some momentum in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases off singles from Victoria Draper, Carlee Wallace and Alyssa Rivera. With only one out on the board, LSU head coach Beth Torina called RHP Carley Hoover to the circle, Hoover's first appearance since April 29 vs. Missouri due to a left knee injury. Hoover struck out Auburn shortstop Haley Fagan and retired Kendall Veach on an infield fly in just four pitches.
"The job as a closer is to come in and throw strikes," Hoover said. "We've seen continuous amazing efforts by Allie day in and day out of this tournament. To come in and just finish it for her and to work together, I'm sure you've heard it before, but we're so different so it's so fun to work together. I think it just surprised them, the difference of us. Allie set them up."
The game was payback for LSU, who was beaten by Auburn 7-1 in last year's SEC Championship game.
LSU is now 3-0 against Auburn in the semifinals. LSU beat Auburn in 2001 and 2004, advancing to win the championship both times.
UP NEXT: LSU plays No. 8 seed Ole Miss tonight at 8 pm ET on ESPN for the SEC Championship.