OKLAHOMA CITY — Tenth-seeded LSU lost 2-0 to Michigan in its Women’s College World Series opener Friday.
The Tigers (50-17) move into the WCWS losers’ bracket and will face SEC rival Alabama at 1:30 p.m. Saturday (central time) in an elimination game. The Tigers took two of three from the Crimson Tide in the teams’ March regular-season series in Baton Rouge, La.
On Friday night, LSU and Michigan remained scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning, when the Wolverines loaded the bases and forced Tigers starter Allie Walljasper from the game.
Carley Hoover replaced Walljasper and after five pitches, the first batter Walljasper faced — sophomore first baseman Tara Blanco — ripped a two-RBI double into right field.
Michigan junior pitcher Megan Betsa threw a complete game, struck out eight Tigers and held LSU’s offense scoreless for the first time since a 2-0, April 11 loss to Kentucky.
Senior third baseman Bianka Bell — LSU’s top hitter — was 1 for 3 with two strikeouts in Friday’s defeat, and the Tigers left six runners on base for the game, including two in both the fourth and fifth innings.