Missouri State softball falls to nationally-ranked LSU
The Missouri State softball team lost its first game of the season to nationally top-ten ranked LSU, 8-0, on Friday in five innings at the Crowne Plaza Classic in Houston, Texas. LSU starting pitcher Dani Hofer threw a one-hitter as the Tigers, ranked fifth in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate poll and ninth in the USA Today/NFCA poll, moved to 8-0 and Missouri State dropped to 5-1.
The Bears fell behind in the first inning, as LSU clean up hitter Quinlan Duhon cleared the fence for a two-run homer. The Tigers added three more runs in the second, as the Bears committed two errors in the inning. Two of the three LSU runs in the inning were unearned. LSU added a run in the fourth inning and Duhon ended the game after five innings as she picked up her third RBI on a run-scoring single in the bottom of the fifth.
Junior pitcher Melissa Porche took the loss on the mound, allowing seven earned runs on 11 hits in 4.1 innings. She struck out five LSU batters and walked six in the game. LSU’s Hofer struck out 10 and walked one, as she improved to 3-0 on the season. Jodie Shead reached on an infield single in the top of the third for the Bears' lone hit.
Missouri State’s scheduled game against the University of Houston later in the night was postponed due to inclement conditions. The Bears will take on Texas State on Saturday at 1 p.m. and will face Indiana and Centenary on Sunday at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.