OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (WAFB) - The LSU softball team got off to a smashing start at the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, spanking SEC rival Auburn by the final of 6-1.
Clutch hitting was the story of the day for Beth Torina's squad as a series of two-out smashes led LSU to the triumph. Bianka Bell's first WCWS at bat proved to be a thrilling one as she pulverized a pitch into the left field seats for a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
The top of the third proved to be a huge one for LSU, as they scored four runs, again all with two out. Sahvanna Jaquish smashed a two-run double into the right field gap before Kelssi Kloss doinked an offering off the left field foul pole for a 5-0 advantage.
That was more than enough for LSU freshman Carley Hoover, who held Auburn's explosive offense in check almost all day. Hoover pitched a complete game, allowing just one earned run on six hits while striking out five. With the win, she improves to 18-5 on the season. Auburn's Marcy Harper on the other hand was peppered for five runs on six hits in just 2 2/3 innings pitched.
LSU will now take on another SEC foe Friday night at 6 p.m. as the Tigers will square off against defending national champion Florida. LSU took two of three from the Gators in Gainesville back in mid-March, losing the first contest 4-3 before winning by scores 14-10 and 10-3.
LSU is now 51-12 on the season while Auburn falls into the loser's bracket at 54-10.