BATON ROUGE, La. – No. 10/12 LSU (23-4, 2-3 SEC) was downed by No. 4/5 Tennessee (23-1, 5-0 SEC) 3-0 in game two of the series Saturday night at Tiger Park.
“I thought the way we responded was better,” said Head Coach Beth Torina. “While the game on the scoreboard might look the same as yesterday, today felt very different. I thought the team fought harder and we set up an opportunity for something big tomorrow.”
Freshman pitcher Sydney Berzon (7-2) was charged with the loss Saturday night. She finished with four strikeouts and a pair of walks, while surrendering three runs on seven hits.
Berzon settled in after the opening inning by retiring eight consecutive batters through two and two-thirds innings, and scattered just four hits in the remainder of the game.
Tennessee freshman pitcher Karlyn Pickens (5-1) collected the win throwing nine strikeouts and allowing no runs on one hit and two walks.
The Tigers were held to one hit on the night, a single by junior outfielder Ciara Briggs in the fourth frame.
The Lady Vols got on the board first with a two-run home run by junior infielder Zaida Puni in the first inning. A couple batters later junior outfielder Rylie West drove an RBI-double to right field to get out to a 3-0 lead.
Both teams would remain scoreless for the remainder of the ballgame, giving Tennessee the 3-0 victory.
The series between LSU and Tennessee will conclude at 1 p.m. Sunday