OKLAHOMA CITY — Tenth-seeded LSU committed four errors in the first three innings of Sunday night’s Women’s College World Series semifinal and was eliminated in a 7-3 loss to No. 3 Oklahoma.
The Sooners advance to the WCWS best-of-three championship series, where they will face No. 4 Auburn beginning at 8 p.m. ET Monday.
LSU was facing an uphill battle against the red-hot Sooners, who are now winners of a school-record 30 consecutive games. But the Tigers didn’t do themselves any favors early in Sunday’s contest.
The top of the third inning was particularly tough for the LSU defense. To open the half-inning, OU’s Kelsey Arnold singled and then advanced to second base because of a throwing error.
Arnold scored two batters later, when Caleigh Clifton reached first base on another throwing error.
Clifton stole second base, then advanced to third on LSU catcher Kellsi Kloss’ errant throw, then scored on Shay Knighten’s RBI single.
The Tigers entered the bottom of the third trailing 3-0, but that’s when things seemed like they might turn around.
LSU sophomore Emily Griggs singled to open the inning and Sandra Simmons was hit by a pitch. Three batters later, junior Sahvanna Jaquish fought off four foul balls before blasting a three-run home run to left-center field, tying the game.
But Oklahoma responded in the top of the fourth with three more runs, including one that came on an LSU wild pitch.
The Sooners added another run in the top of the sixth on freshman Shay Knighten’s solo home run.
LSU’s 2016 season ends with a 52-18 record. The Tigers were playing in their fifth all-time and second consecutive Women’s College World Series.