One of the most impressive seasons in program history came to an end Sunday for LSU (52-13), which surrendered three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to Michigan (58-6) and fell to the Wolverines 6-3 at OGE Energy Field in Oklahoma City.
The Tigers actually took a 1-0 lead in the second inning via a sacrifice fly from Constance Quinn, plating Kellsi Kloss. After Michigan tied the ballgame in the third, both teams scored two in the fourth to even the score at three.
That’s when the Wolverines struck, scoring three runs on three hits.
Much of the damage was done off freshman LSU pitcher Carley Hoover, who yielded eight hits and issued four free passes while giving up six runs, five earned, in 5.1 innings.
Haylie Wagner got the win in relief for Michigan, tossing 3.1 innings of scoreless softball.
With the loss, Beth Torina’s Tigers are eliminated from the Women’s College World Series after reaching the national semifinals. The third-place finish in the NCAA Tournament is a high-water mark for the program, equaling a plateau LSU has reached twice previously.
Michigan advances to the best two-of-three national final to face top-rated Florida, which snuck past Auburn 3-2 in nine innings Sunday.
Tigers bow out of WCWS Sunday
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