“LSU defeats Auburn 6-1 in second game of WCWS” Written By Bill Plummer
OKLAHOMA CITY — Clint Myers is not one to panic even after his Auburn Tigers lost 6-1 in Thursday's second game of the Women's College World Series against LSU.
“We're still in this,” said the Auburn coach. “I liked the way we finished.”
Auburn dropped in the losers' bracket, and will meet Tennessee at 11 a.m. Saturday, and now must win four games without a loss to win the national championship. But Auburn had lots of four-game winning streaks on the way to what is now a 54-10 record.
“Whether we have to play two, three or four, whatever it will be, we came here to play and prove that we deserve to be here,” Myers said.
“I'm hoping we'll be here to play that fourth one, because that will put us in that championship game.”
Auburn collected six hits and one run against LSU starter Carly Hoover (18-5). The lone run came in the fifth inning when Morgan Estell doubled to lead off, was sacrificed to third and scored on Jenn Abbott's sacrifice fly. Hoover hurked 78 pitches in her route-going performance.
By then the score was 5-1 and the Tigers (51-12) added another run in the sixth inning to seal the issue and record their 51st win of the season against 12 losses. This is LSU's fourth apppearance in the WCWS.
While Hoover scattered six hits, her teammates collected 10 hits off two Auburn pitchers with starter and loser Marcy Harper going two and two-thirds allowing six hits and five runs. Rachael Walters relieved her after the Tigers had scored four times in the third inning and finished the game. The inning was highlighted by a two-run homer by Kellsi Kloss, her 13th of the season, over left field. The other two runs in the inning were courtesy of a two-run double by Sahvannah Jaquish. Bianka Bell scored the first LSU run in the first inning with a solo homer. It was her 18th homer of the year. Constance Quinn scored the final LSU run on a throwing error by Walters in the sixth inning.
With the win, LSU advances to play Florida 7 p.m. (EST) Friday in the winner's bracket.
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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