AUSTIN, Texas — LSU’s season came to an abrupt end Saturday when Arizona State handed them a 4-1 loss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The exit came earlier than expected for the No. 19-ranked Lady Tigers at the hands of 44th-ranked Arizona State. LSU finished one of its best seasons in recent history at 18-9.

“They (Arizona State) came out and looked hungry and focused,” said LSU head coach Tony Minnis. “I give credit to them, but this was a very disappointing match.”

The Sun Devils’ 57th-ranked duo of Lauren Colalillo and Kady Pooler edged the Lady Tigers’ Lauren Seaman and Rocio Fantilli for the doubles point with a 9-7 win at No. 1.

Camila Caliari fell hard to Pooler at No. 6 singles, but Jessica Ferguson came through with a win over No. 95-ranked Josslyn Burkett at No. 1 singles to put LSU on the board.

LSU’s Lauren Seaman lost, 7-5, 6-2 at No. 5 singles to Sabrina Capannolo. Arizona State’s Cindy Sureephong then clinched the match at No. 3 singles with a 6-3, 7-6 (7) win at No. 3 singles.

Arizona State snapped a four-match losing streak with the win. They advance to play the winner of this afternoon’s Texas vs. Texas-Arlington match.

The Lady Tigers, who were making their tenth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, lost in the first round for the fourth consecutive year. LSU enjoyed a remarkable late-season run after a slow conference start that included an SEC Western Division title and an appearance in the SEC Tournament Semifinals.

“On a positive note we had a very good season,” Minnis said.

Ferguson, a senior, is not finished yet. She begins the NCAA Singles Tournament later this month in Athens, Ga.

LSU also returns five members to its starting lineup next season.

Singles Results
(Order of Finish: 6,1,5,3 … Did not finish: 2,4
No. 1 – Jessica Ferguson (LSU) def. Joselyn Burkett (ASU), 6-3, 7-5
No. 2 – Rocio Fantilli (LSU) – Wendy Pilecka (ASU) — Did Not Finish
No. 3 – Cindy Sureephong (ASU) def. Marina Chiarelli (LSU), 6-3, 7-6 (9-7)
No. 4 – Amanda Mang (LSU) – Lauren Colalillo (ASU) — Did Not Finish
No. 5 – Sabrina Capannolo (ASU) def. Lauren Seaman (LSU), 7-5, 6-2
No. 6 – Kady Pooler (ASU) def. Camila Caliari (LSU), 6-1, 6-2

Doubles Results
(Order of Finish: 3,2,1)
No. 1 — Colalillo/Pooler (ASU) def. Fantilli/Seaman (LSU), 9-7
No. 2 — Ferguson/Chiarelli (LSU) def. Pilecka/Sureephong, 8-4
No. 3 — Capannolo/Burkett (ASU) def. Mang/Caliari, 8-2

Team Records: Arizona State (7-14); LSU (final record: 18-9)