FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A comeback from No. 22 LSU softball came up short in a 8-7 road defeat against No. 8 Arkansas before a crowd of 2,991 at Bogle Park.
The two teams meet again Sunday at noon in the second game of the series which will by carried locally bu 107.3-FM and televised by ESPN2.
The Tigers (21-11, 2-2 in SEC) rallied from a 8-5 deficit on a two-homer from Taylor Pleasants in the top of the sixth inning with Ciara Briggs aboard.
Arkansas (21-5, 3-1 in SEC) had broken a 5-all tie with three unearned runs, two in the fourth inning and one in the fifth. LSU committed three errors in the game and lost for the third time in its last four games.
Senior pitcher Shelbi Sunseri (5-3), who come on in relief of freshman starter Raelin Chaffin with two out in the first, six runs (three earned) on eight hits in 5.1 innings. She walked six and struck out three.
LSU, which had 11 hits, trailed 4-2 after two innings when they scored three times in the third for a 5-4 advantage. First baseman Georgia Clark led off the inning with a home run, was followed by Sunseri’s solo homer and third baseman Danieca Coffey added a bases-loaded walk.