Baton Rouge, LA BATON ROUGE, La.-- No. 2 Tennessee capitalized off some early LSU errors, but the Tigers rallied back with a four-run seventh that ended with a three-run, walk-off homer by the Bianca Bell that handed the Lady Vols a 7-4 loss on Saturday at Tiger Park.
In the bottom of the seventh, Sahvannah Jaquish hit a one-out RBI single to left field to tie the game at 4-4. With runners on first and second, Bell sent a 1-0 pitch over the wall in left center to lift the Tigers (21-15, 3-7 SEC) to the comeback win.
Tennessee (31-4, 8-2 SEC) scored two in the inning and two in the third. LSU scored three in the second and four in the seventh.
Madison Shipman was 2-for-4 at the plate. Hannah Akamine had a single and scored twice.
Ellen Renfroe (21-1) suffered her first loss of the year after striking out one and allowing seven runs over 6.1 frames.
Ashley Czechner (7-8) earned the win for LSU after striking out two and allowing four runs over seven innings.
Tennessee took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. With two outs, Rainey Gaffin reached on a fielder's choice after an errant lob throw by LSU shortstop Bianka Bell trying to get Shaliyah Geathers out at second. Taylor Koenig and Hannah Akamine scored on the play. LSU starting pitcher Ashley Czechner got into a bases-loaded jam after Megan Geer drew a walk but induced a Melissa Davin fly out to center field to end the inning.
In the bottom of the second, LSU pulled ahead, 3-2, when A.J. Andrews hit a two-out, three-run homer to right field.
The Lady Vols retook the lead in the top of the third after another LSU error. With two runners in scoring position and two outs, Koenig reached on a dropped fly ball in left field and Akamine and Hannah Devotie scored on the play to give UT a 4-3 lead.
Tennessee and LSU will play Game 2 of the series at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday. LSUSports.net will have live stats and a live video broadcast. UTSports.com will have live audio with Brian Rice (also WNML 990 AM) and a live blog. With rain predicted for later this weekend, stay tuned to UTSports.com and LSUSports.net for any possible game rescheduling.
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