LSU's Bianka Bell
Photo by:Chris Parent, LSU Athletics Student Photographer
LSU Softball Report - Feb. 18
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Published: February 18, 2013, 07:37 PM (CT)
by Matt Dunaway, Associate SID

Overall Record: 10-1 [0-0 SEC]

Last Week: 6-0
February 13 - at Ole Miss [W, 9-1 - 6 Innings]
February 15 - North Dakota State [W, 9-0 - 5 Innings]
February 15 - Virginia [W, 7-2]
February 16 - Virginia [W, 4-0]
February 16 - Memphis [W, 5-4]
February 17 - Nicholls State [W, 1-0]

This Week:
February 21 - vs. BYU [Palm Springs, California, Noon CT]
February 22 - vs. Ohio State [Palm Springs, California, 5 p.m. CT]
February 22 - vs. UNLV [Palm Springs, California, 7:30 p.m. CT]
February 23 - vs. Arizona [Palm Springs, California, 7 p.m. CT]
February 24 - vs. UCLA [Palm Springs, California, 11 a.m. CT]

Nominee for SEC Pitcher of the Week

Rachele Fico, Sr., Oxford, Connecticut
Fico continued her early season dominance and added four more wins to her ledger to move to an unblemished 6-0 on the season. She fired two more shutouts highlighted by a one-hitter over North Dakota State, a NCAA Regional and 40-win program from last season. In total, the senior right-hander allowed only one run in her 19.2 innings of work. She also recorded 31 strikeouts and became the sixth pitcher in program history to eclipse 600 career Ks. In the process, Fico also moved passed former All-American Brittany Mack into sole possession of fifth place on LSU's all-time list.

GS
W
L
ShO
SV
IP
H
R
ER
ERA
BB
SO
3
4
0
2
0
19.2
8
1
1
0.36
1
31

Nominee for SEC Offense/Freshman of the Week

Bianka Bell, Fr., Tampa, Florida
Bell turned in a .538 batting average for the week going 7-for-13 and produced a trio of multi-hit games to fuel LSU's offense. She also connected for her first career home runs and added three RBIs. With the Tigers down to its final out and trailing 4-3 to Memphis, Bell laced a RBI single to even the score. Four pitches later, LSU won via a walkoff wild pitch. 

AB
R
H
BB
AVG.
RBI
2B
3B
HR
SB/SBA
13
4
7
1
.538
3
0
0
2
1/1

Notes on the Tigers
LSU has won 10 of its first 11 games, the program's best start since the opening the 2007 campaign with an 11-0 mark. The Tigers won all six of their games by a combined 35-7 margin last week. Bianka Bell, Rachele Fico, Lauren Houston and Meghan Patterson claimed Purple & Gold Challenge All-Tournament Team honors. Fico secured four wins in the circle and racked up 31 strikeouts over her 19.2 innings of work. The senior right-hander also became the sixth pitcher in program history to eclipse 600 career strikeouts. She twirled a one-hitter against North Dakota State, a NCAA Regional and 40-win program from a season ago. Patterson added two wins and a 0.98 ERA. She is now 3-1 on the season with wins over Purdue, Virginia and Nicholls State. LSU's offense produced a .320 team batting average and received home runs from seven different players during the week which included the first career dingers for Bell, Katie Guillory and Sandra Simmons. Bell went 7-for-13 and turned in a trio of multi-hit games. She picked up the game-tying RBI single with the Tigers down to their final out during the team's 5-4 comeback win over Memphis. Tammy Wray hit safely in five of six games and has already matched her season's RBI total from 2011. LSU opens up a 13-game road swing at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic held in Palm Springs, Calif. where the Tigers will meet No. 16 Arizona, BYU, Ohio State, No. 19 UCLA and UNLV.

 

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