BATON ROUGE, La. — After starting the season with 10 consecutive victories, the No. 7 Texas softball team dropped its first two games of the season with a pair of losses at No. 13/12 LSU.
The Longhorns lost the first game, 2-1, and the second, 7-2, to fall to 10-2, while the Tigers improved to 13-6. The losses marked the first time UT suffered consecutive losses since losing three straight games in May 2019.
First baseman Colleen Sullivan had a pair of hits for the Longhorns in each game, going 2-for-3 with a home run in the first game and 2-for-4 in the second.
Starter Molly Jacobsen suffered her first loss after winning her first four decisions for the Longhorns. The transfer from Ole Miss allowed only one earned run, while allowing six hits and striking out four in 7-1/3 innings.
Sullivan gave the Longhorns their only lead of the day in the fourth inning with a two-out solo home run to left-center field.
The Tigers tied it up in the sixth inning, when Danieca Coffee doubled to right-center field and scored on an RBI single to center by center fielder Aliyah Andrews. The winning run scored in the bottom of the eighth, when LSU second baseman Taylor Tidwell reached base when she was hit by a pitch. Pinch runner Akiyah Thymes scored when Andrews’ single got under the glove of Texas left fielder Kaitlyn Washington.
In the second game, UT freshman Ryleigh White (3-1) also suffered her first loss after allowing three hits and a pair of walks and five earned runs in just 1-1/3 innings of work.
LSU scored twice in the bottom of the first inning on a two-run home run to left field by designated player Shelbi Sunseri. Andrews drove in Tidwell with what proved to be the winning run in the second. Andrews and catcher Cait Calland then scored on an RBI double to left on a double off the wall by shortstop Taylor Pleasants. Andrews then made it 6-0, LSU, when she drilled a home run off the scoreboard in right field.
The Horns finally got on the scoreboard in the sixth, when Ellsworth reached on a fielder’s choice and later scored the first Texas run on a single by pinch hitter JJ Smith.
The Tigers answered in the bottom of the sixth on a solo home run by Calland, and UT added its final run in the top of the seventh, when shortstop McKenzie Parker scored on an RBI single by Sullivan.
The Longhorns will be back on the field at Wednesday when they host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a 6 p.m. game that can be seen on Longhorn Network.