Baylor softball drops series opener to No. 10 LSU

WACO, Texas (Baylor Athletics) Baylor softball held the 14th-ranked offense in the country to nearly five runs below its average Friday night at Getterman Stadium. However, No. 10 LSU was able to escape with a 2-0 win in the series opener.

For the fourth time in the last 14 games, the Lady Bears (17-28) held their opponent scoreless in the first inning. Aliyah Andrews led things off for the Tigers with a single and advanced to third with one out in the frame but back-to-back flyouts in foul territory allowed Baylor to get out of the inning unscathed.

LSU (39-11) didn’t score its first run until the second inning. With two outs, Taylor Ellis dove to stop a hard-hit grounder at shortstop. While one run scored for LSU, Ellis popped up and caught Amber Serrett in a rundown. Ellis threw to Nicky Dawson, who chased Serrett toward third base. Dawson then threw it to Hannah Smith, who tagged Serrett out to end the inning.

The Tigers added one more the next inning with a solo homer by Sunseri. That was all the damage the Tigers were able to do, however, as the Baylor defense stranded seven LSU runners.

Kassidy Krupit got the start for Baylor and gave up two runs off three hits through four innings of work. Sidney Holman came on in relief and gave up just one hit with two strikeouts in three innings.

Baylor finished with five hits, outhitting LSU by one on the night. Ana Watson led the Lady Bears at the plate with two hits. Her first was a single to left field in the second before she beat out the throw at first in the seventh.

Baylor and LSU will play a doubleheader Saturday. First pitch for Game 2 is scheduled for 5 p.m. Game 3 will begin 30 minutes after Game 2.