ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia used a seven-run rally in the sixth inning to upset the No. 8 LSU softball team 10-5 Sunday in the regular season finale for both teams at Jack Turner Stadium.
Kellsi Kloss was 3-for-4 with two RBIs for LSU (40-13, 15-8 Southeastern Conference). Bianka Bell was 2-for-3 and scored two runs. It was Bell’s 16th multihit game this season. Rikki Alcarez hit a two-run double, and Sandra Simmons had an RBI.
Ashley Czechner (10-1) gave up 10 runs, nine earned, on 10 hits. She had two strikeouts and one walk.
Katie Browne, a former Zachary star, started the big inning for Georgia (37-18, 14-9) with a two-run double that tied the score at 5-5. Paige Wilson, who went 3-for-4 with four RBIs, hit a three-run homer later in the inning. Geri Ann Glasco followed with a solo homer to cap the scoring.
“It’s tough for our team to have to go on the road the week before their final exams,” LSU coach Beth Torina said. “Overall, I think it takes a toll on our team, because they are spread in a lot of different directions. That’s not taking anything away from Georgia, they are a quality program. They do a great job with their offense and are difficult outs up-and-down their lineup.”
The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead in the second inning, keyed by Wilson’s RBI double.
LSU tied the score on Alcaraz’s two-run double in the fourth. The Tigers added three more runs in the fifth inning, feuled by Kloss’s two-run single. Anna Swafford hit a solo homer in the fifth to pull Georgia to 5-3.
“Our defense wasn’t as solid today as it usually is,” Torina said. “It’s hard to play perfect defense all the time because Georgia’s offense hits the ball extremely hard and makes you cover the entire field. Ashley did a good job overall and kept them off-balanced for several innings. She just couldn’t finish it and got a couple of tough breaks. I think it’s tough for any pitcher to finish it against that type of offense.”
LSU and Georgia will meet again at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament. The game will be televised by ESPNU and can be heard on the radio on KYPY-FM, 140.9.
SEC softball tournament
All games shown on ESPNU
Game 1: No. 8 Alabama vs. No. 9 Texas A&M, 3 p.m.
Game 2: No. 7 Kentucky vs. No. 10 South Carolina, 5:30 p.m.
Game 3: No. 1 Florida vs. Game 1 winner, 10 a.m.
Game 4: No. 4 LSU vs. No. 5 Georgia, 12:30 p.m.
Game 5: No. 2 Tennessee vs. Game 2 winner, 3 p.m.
Game 6: No. 3 Missouri vs. No. 6 Arkansas, 5:30 p.m.
Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 2 p.m.
Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 4:30 p.m.
Championship: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 7 p.m.
ULL 6, ULM 0: In Monroe, Matte Haack went 4-for-4, and Shellie Landry drove in three runs as the Louisiana-Lafayette softball team defeated Louisiana-Monroe 6-0 Sunday at the ULM Softball Complex.
Brianna Cherry was 2-for-4 with her 12th home run of the season, and Landry was 2-3 with her 15th homer for the Ragin’ Cajuns (40-11, 19-4 Sun Belt).
Jordan Wallace (26-6) struck out 12, allowing two hits and walking two. She has 302 strikeouts, the first time a ULL pitcher has struck out 300 in a season since Ashley Brignac fanned 327 in 2008.
Janel Salanoa got both hits for ULM (19-33, 3-20).