LSU Eliminates Alabama to Stay Alive in WCWS


“LSU Eliminates Alabama to Stay Alive in WCWS” Written By Bill Plummer

OKLAHOMA CITY – After Auburn and UCLA played one of the wildest, unpredictable games in the history of the WCWS, LSU stayed alive by eliminating Alabama, 5-3, before 9,515 and will face Michigan Sunday afternoon (2:30 p.m.)

The Tigers will need to beat the undefeated Wolverines twice to advance to the Championship Series.

LSU scored all its runs in the first two innings in eliminating Alabama Saturday to reduce the original field of eight teams to four. Alabama finished the year 48-15 while LSU improved to 52-13.

Allie Walljasper (16-5) got the win for LSU, pitching six solid innings as she allowed three runs on six hits with a walk. Carley Hoover (5) came in to earn the save and tie the single-season saves record in the process, pitching the final inning with a walk and a strikeout.

Sydney Littlejohn (16-2) suffered the loss as she allowed all five runs, four earned, on five hits with two walks and a strikeout in three innings, as Leslie Jury came on in relief and pitched the final three, allowing two hits with four strikeouts and a walk. Marisa Runyon led Alabama at the plate going 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Runyon's RBI single through the right side gave Alabama a short-lived 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning before LSU tallied three times in the bottom of the first and twice in the bottom of the second.

Sahvanna Jaquish, Kellsi Kloss and A. J. Andrews had RBI for the Tigers with Landry hitting a two-run single in the bottom of the second. She was the only Tiger with at least two hits. Runyon was the only Alabama player with at least two hits.

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Bill Plummer Bill Plummer A graduate of Indiana University, Ind. Bill has been involved in softball for more than four decades. For 30years he was a fixture at the ASA National Office as a communications coordinator, manager of the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and historian. In addition, he also served as the editor of the ASA official newsletter, The Inside Pitch, and as the Trade Show Manager. He has written widely about the sport and has contributed to 14 books. In 2009, he authored “The Game America Plays.” In 2012, he co-authored “Best of the Best-Women’s Fastpitch.” In 2014, ” A Series of Their Own. The History of the Women's College World Series.” He has been elected to five halls of fame, including the ASA National. In 1996, he served as the Information Manager for the debut of softball in the Olympics.

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