Bianka Bell crushes two homers to help No. 1 LSU down No. 6 Oklahoma
BATON ROUGE, La. -- A day after combining for just four hits and one run, the fans in Tiger Park on Saturday saw the sticks at work in a big way, as No. 1 LSU exploded for 10 runs on 10 hits to blow past visiting No. 6 Oklahoma 10-2 in six innings to take both games of the series.
Of the 15 total hits by both sides on the day, six were of the home run variety, as LSU (30-1) tied its season-high for home runs in a single game with four on the afternoon. Seven of the nine total for the Tigers earned hits, with seven hits coming in the last two innings alone.
“The great thing about today was we were able to make so many adjustments throughout their entire pitching staff, which I really liked to see,” head coach Beth Torina said. “We got to see their lefty [Paige Parker] again today, and we were able to make a good adjustment on her. She’s very talented. The fact that we saw as many innings off of her as we did is going to make us better as we continue through this season.”
For just the second time this season, an LSU player went yard twice in the same game, as Bianka Bell capped another solid weekend with two home runs, finishing the day 2-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored with an intentional walk. It was the first multi-homer game of the year for the junior and helped give LSU a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
“Definitely. Just getting the runners on base was really key to that,” Bell said. “We knew that Kelsey Stevens was kind of struggling, so I was just looking to try to make her come down the zone or down the middle.”
Bell was one of three players to have a home run among multiple hits for the Tigers, as the other two players with home runs also matched that feat as Jaquish went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored with a solo shot and Kellsi Kloss also going 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored with a solo bomb of her own.
“My team will tell you they still have so much to work on and that they still have a lot of room to grow,” Torina said. “It’s exciting to see that they continue to push themselves. It was another great test that we passed. What a great program Oklahoma is. They are definitely one of the best teams we’ve seen all year, without question. I have a ton of respect for what they are doing over there at Oklahoma. They have a great program. I know they are someone we will see again at the end of the year.”