The No. 3-seed Missouri softball team (41-16) lost to No. 6-seed LSU (35-21) 6-0 in the quarterfinal game of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday in Columbia, S.C. With the loss, Missouri was knocked out of the tournament.
Missouri infielder Corrin Genovese, a junior, recorded a season-best seven defensive assists, which tied for the most assists recorded by a Missouri player in 2014. However, errors set Missouri back and allowed LSU to score three unearned runs.
Missouri freshman pitcher Tori Finucane took the loss and went five innings with two strikeouts while allowing seven hits and two earned runs.
LSU got on the board in the top of the first inning with two consecutive RBI doubles, the first by freshman designated player Sahvanna Jaquish and the second by sophomore shortstop Bianka Bell.
LSU continued its scoring in the fourth with an unearned run on a fielding error, which extended its lead to 3-0. The team added two more runs in the fifth inning, with RBI singles by Jaquish and sophomore first baseman Sandra Simmons.
Freshman Missouri pitcher Casey Stangel entered to throw in relief for the final two innings and gave up a solo home run to freshman LSU right fielder Bailey Landry in the sixth inning.
Missouri now awaits the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday to determine its position in the NCAA Division I Softball Championship bracket.
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