NORMAN, Okla. The No. 10 Oklahoma softball team (14-6-1) dropped another one-run game to No. 19 LSU (21-3) in the Norman Residence Inn Invitational as the Tigers handed the Sooners a 6-5 loss in eight innings at the OU Softball Complex.
LSU, the home team in the contest, scored its winning run on a single to center field by designated player Lauren Castle that drove in Shannon Stein. As part of the international tie-breaker rule Stein had been placed on second to start the eighth inning.
The Tigers’ Megan Jolly (4-0) added another win to her perfect record after coming in for relief in the final two innings with the game tied. Jolly only gave up one hit and zero runs. LSU’s Dani Hofer earned the start and went two and two-third innings and gave up four runs on five hits. Tiffany Garcia entered with two outs in the third and threw 3.1 innings of work while allowing one run on three hits before Jolly took over.
OU hurler Nicole Denes (5-2) took her second loss of the year after coming in for relief of starter Morgan Hudsonpillar. Denes pitched 4.1 innings and gave up two earned runs on six hits. Hudsonpillar finished with three earned runs on five hits through 3.1 innings of work.
The Tigers took the first lead of the game in the bottom of the second as Leslie Klein recorded LSU’s first hit of the game with a double to left field and scored on an Andrea Smith single to give LSU the 1-0 lead.
The Sooners got their bats going in the top of the third with a four-run inning. Freshman Traci Dickenson led off the inning with a single through the middle of the infield, but was out at third on an Amber Spualding fielder’s choice. After consecutive walks by senior Kristin Vesely and freshman Samantha Ricketts, Oklahoma had the bases loaded as junior Jamie Fox pounded a two RBI single to left field. Junior Marie Mena followed that up with a two RBI double to left center field as Oklahoma took a 4-1 advantage and LSU replaced starting pitcher Dani Hoffer with Tiffany Garcia.
LSU responded with a home run by Klein in the bottom of the third and another home run in the bottom of the fourth frame.
Sophomore Savannah Long put another Sooner run on the board with her second hit of the day, which was an RBI double to score Jamie Fox and give OU the three-run lead heading into the bottom of the fifth.
LSU closed it wiithin one in the bottom of the fifth as Lauren Delahoussaye was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Klein scored her third run of the game for the Tigers.
In the sixth inning, the Tigers closed the gap as Camille Harris doubled down the left field line and tied the game up on Vanessa Soto’s RBI single that scored Harris and left the game at 5-5 in the final frame.
Fox led the Sooner offensive effort with two RBI and a 2-for-3 outing at the plate while Long tallied one RBI and three hits and Mena added two RBI to her 2-for4 performance. Spaulding and Dickenson were the only other Sooners to record a hit as Oklahoma finished with nine total on the day.
Oklahoma will play its second game of the doubleheader against Troy beginning at 3 p.m. at the OU Softball Complex.