Haley Fagan (above), who had two hits for the Tigers, makes a play at shortstop.
Knoxville, Tenn.--Auburn’s bid for a third straight Southeastern Conference Softball Tournament championship ended in the semi-finals with an ugly 6-0 loss to LSU on Saturday.
Five Auburn errors, and several other miscues, made it a rough day for pitcher Kaylee Carlson, who dropped to 26-4 on the season after giving up six runs with just one being an earned run.
Kaylee Carlson pitches on Saturday in Knoxville.
Auburn dropped to 46-10 while LSU advanced to the championship game to play Ole Miss while improving its record to 40-18. Last year Auburn defeated LSU 7-1 in the league championship game.
The Bayou Bengals scored a run in the second inning with a single, walk and single. They took control of the contest in the fifth inning with five runs with the help of four errors and four hits.
Makayla Martin pitched well in relief, allowing two hits and no runs in 2 2/3 innings. One of those hits was a misplayed fly by right fielder Alyssa Rivera, who appeared to lose the ball in the sun.
Allie Walljasper, who allowed five hits in 5 1/3 innings, got the win to improved to 16-4.
Auburn’s best scoring threat was in the sixth inning when the Tigers loaded the bases with three singles off of Walljasper to load the bases. However, reliever Carlee Hoover struck out Haley Fagan after the Auburn shortstop hit a line drive shot that was foul in right field that might have cleared the bases. She had two of Auburn’s hits. Kendall Veach then popped out to end the threat.
LSU finished the game with nine hits and didn’t have an error to even the season series vs. Auburn at 2-2.
Auburn is expected to be a top eight national seed for the NCAA Tournament. That field is scheduled to be announced after 9 p.m. CDT on Sunday.