COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M Softball fell to the 10th-ranked LSU Tigers, 7-0, Saturday afternoon at Davis Diamond.
The Tigers (21-4, 2-0 SEC) got out to an early 2-0 lead in the first and added three runs in the third, one in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Morgan Smith, Riley Sartain and Baylee Klingler recorded the Aggies’ three hits against LSU pitcher Shelbi Sunseri. Kelbi Fortenberry extended her on-base streak to 15 games after earning two walks.
Payton McBride suffered the loss to move to 7-1 on the year. The junior allowed six runs on 12 hits and one walk, while fanning three in 5.0 innings. Kendall Potts closed out the game, only allowing two hits and one run while recording one strikeout.
T1| Aliyah Andrews started off the game with a bunt single before Amanda Sanchez homered to center to give the Tigers a two-run lead in the first. LSU 2, A&M 0
T3| Back-to-back singles from Amanda Doyle and Shemiah Sanchez and an Elyse Thornhill three-run home run extended the Tigers’ lead to five. LSU 5, A&M 0
T6| Andrews reached base on an infield single and came around to score on an Amanda Sanchez single through the left side. LSU 6, A&M 0
T7| Thornhill delivered a bunt single and Michaela Schlattman singled to right before a Taryn Antoine RBI groundout played Thornhill. LSU 7, A&M 0
Top Offensive Players:
Morgan Smith| 1-for-3
Baylee Klingler| 1-for-3
Riley Sartain| 1-for-3
Kelbi Fortenberry | 0-for-1, 2 BB
Payton McBride (7-1) – L, 5.0 IP, 12 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 K, 1 BB
Kendall Potts – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 K, 0 BB
WHAT THEY SAID
Head Coach Jo Evans
On today’s offense…
“I thought we had a lot of poor at bats. We are continuing to get beat on strikes that we’re not looking to drive and then we’re chasing pitches out of the zone. She (Shelbi Sunseri) did a good job of throwing that ball down, and we just kept biting on it. We did a poor job of making any kind of adjustment at the plate. It’s nice to not strikeout, but I would rather have some strikeouts where we’re on time and looking for a pitch to hit. I thought offensively, we just really played right into her hand and she pitched a good game.”
Senior 3B Riley Sartain
On preparing for tomorrow’s game…
“It’s one of those things you have to grind out. Of course nobody likes to lose. Losing is not fun. We have to keep battling and keep pushing to fight our way through. We have to learn from each failure, and take each failure not as something that is going to knock us down but as something that will build us up stronger.”
The Aggies and Tigers close out the series Sunday at 3 p.m. at Davis Diamond. The game can be seen on SEC Network.