PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - LSU softball's next installment of "Blogging from the Berm" is written by Kailey McCasland following the team's 10-6 win over BYU to open the Mary Nutter Classic.
The Tigers have opened the season with an 11-1 record, the program's best start since 2007. LSU's win over BYU was the fourth win for the Tigers over a NCAA Regional and 40-win program from last season.
LSU returns to action to take on Ohio State and UNLV on day two of the Mary Nutter Classic. Friday's first pitches are set for 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. CT from the Big Leagues Dreams Complex in Palm Springs.
Every LSU softball game will have live stats available inside the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net/live. Fans also can follow every pitch of LSU softball via live in-game updates on LSU softball's social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball and @lsusoftball on Twitter.
"Hey Tiger Fans:
Coming to you from the bus in Palm Springs on our way to dinner after our first game of the tournament against BYU.
It was a slug fest for both teams, a true back and forth game. In the bottom of sixth inning, BYU tied it up 6-6. Going into the top of the seventh, we knew the offense only needed one run for our defense and pitching staff to shut them down in the bottom of the inning and take a win.
Long story short, we ended up with bases loaded with one out and California native Sandra Simmons up to bat. We were 100 percent confident that she could get it done for us. With her whole family in the stands, seeing her in a Tiger uniform for the first time, she stepped in the box and nailed the first pitch over the centerfield fence. GRAND SLAM! Statement moments like that are so huge for anyone's career, and it's pretty special she got to do it her freshman year, in her home state, and in front of her family.
I have been waiting for this trip since I heard it was on the schedule last year. Being from California, I knew it was going to be a fun experience for Kellsi, Sandra, Simone and I because our families and friends would be able to see us play.
I have attended this tournament since I was 12-years old and dreamed about being one of those girls on the field. Now that I am one of those girls, it's above and beyond anything I could have dreamed up.
This team is going to do great things this year so sit back and watch the magic happen."