BATON ROUGE, La. – Brittany Mack fired a one-hitter en route to her second consecutive complete game as the No. 25 LSU softball team claimed a 4-1 victory against No. 24 Kentucky Sunday to take the rubber contest of a weekend series in front of 1,222 fans at Tiger Park.
LSU’s (17-12, 2-6 SEC) offense was sparked by Ashley Langoni, who connected for a solo home run and finished with two RBI. She collected RBI during all three games of the series. Langoni was joined by Anissa Young and Tammy Wray as the 3-4-5 hitters for the Tigers went 4 for 8 on the day.
“This weekend was a big series for us, knowing that Kentucky went 2-1 against Tennessee last weekend,” coach Yvette Langoni said. “This win puts us back into the SEC race. We came out, played like a real team today and it showed.”
The two teams exchanged unearned runs to open the game.
LSU struck in the first inning as Juliana Santos was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a ground ball, moved to third on an illegal pitch and scored on a fielding error by UK third baseman Brittany Cervantes.
Cervantes countered with a leadoff walk for the Wildcats to start the second inning. After a sacrifice bunt and fielder’s choice sent her to third base, Cervantes crossed the plate on a throwing error by LSU catcher Lauren Houston on a failed pickoff attempt.
The Tigers charged back for a pair of runs with a two-out rally during the third inning. On a 3-2 pitch, Langoni laced a solo home run onto the left field berm to vault LSU back ahead 2-1. Young and Wray followed with a single and double, respectively, to make it 3-1.
LSU tacked on an insurance run in the fourth inning. A second Cervantes fielding error extended the frame for Langoni to coax a bases loaded walk with two outs for the final margin of 4-1.
That would be more than enough run support for Mack, who sat down 12 of the final 13 batters she faced. The lone damage was a Meagan Aull infield single in the sixth inning. She recorded five strikeouts against two walks to increase her record to 7-3 on the season.
Rachel Riley was dealt the loss for Kentucky (19-5, 5-3 SEC) and fell to 5-2. She surrendered all four runs, two earned, on five hits during her three innings of work.