LSU freshman Sandra Simmons
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LSU Softball Report - Feb. 25
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Published: February 25, 2013, 11:01 AM (CT)
Updated: February 26, 2013, 10:39 AM (CT)
by Matt Dunaway, Associate SID

Overall Record: 14-2 [0-0 SEC]

Last Week: 4-1
February 21 - vs. BYU [W, 10-6]
February 22 - vs. Ohio State [W, 7-0]
February 22 - vs. UNLV [W, 6-1]
February 23 - vs. No. 14 Arizona [W, 3-0]
February 24 - vs. No. 16 UCLA [L, 2-0]

This Week:
March 1 - vs. No. 9 Oregon [Orlando, Florida, 10 a.m. CT]
March 1 - vs. Syracuse [Orlando, Florida, 12:15 p.m. CT]
March 2 - vs. Penn State [Orlando, Florida, 11:15 a.m. CT]
March 2 - vs. No. 15 Michigan [Orlando, Florida, 3:45 p.m. CT]
March 3 - vs. No. 18 Louisville [Orlando, Florida, 10:15 a.m. CT]

Nominee for SEC Pitcher of the Week

Rachele Fico, Sr., Oxford, Connecticut
Fico tacked on three more wins to her ledger highlighted by her second career no-hitter versus Ohio State, a team receiving votes in both editions of the Top 25 polls. The senior right-hander also added a four-hit shutout over No. 14 Arizona and a relief victory versus BYU, a pair of 40-plus win NCAA Super Regional and NCAA Regional programs from last season. The senior right-hander surrendered just three runs on nine hits and picked up 24 strikeouts which enabled her to eclipse Dani Hofer (2006-09) for fourth place on LSU's all-time list. The four hits by Pac-12 power Arizona were a season-low, while the two runs scored by Pac-12 juggernaut UCLA equaled a season's low.      .

GS
W
L
ShO
SV
IP
H
R
ER
ERA
BB
SO
4
3
1
2
0
22.0
9
3
3
0.95
10
24

Nominee for SEC Offense Player of the Week

Allison Falcon, Jr., Donaldsonville, La.
Falcon provided hits in all four of LSU's wins at the Mary Nutter Classic. She belted a pair of two-run home runs over BYU and No. 14 Arizona during the first inning and shared the team lead with five RBIs for the weekend.

AB
R
H
BB
AVG.
RBI
2B
3B
HR
SB/SBA
18
3
6
0
.333
5
0
0
2
0/0

Nominee for SEC Freshman of the Week

Sandra Simmons, Fr., Fountain Valley, Calif.
Simmons hit safely in three of five games and secured a .357 batting average with one home run and five RBIs for the week. With the score tied at 6-6 versus BYU in the seventh inning, Simmons cranked the game-winning grand slam on the first pitch of the sequence. It ended a 197 game stretch that dated back to the 2009 season for LSU between grand slams.

AB
R
H
BB
AVG.
RBI
2B
3B
HR
SB/SBA
14
2
5
2
.357
5
1
0
1
1/1

Notes on the Tigers
No. 11 LSU started its 13-game road trip with a 4-1 mark at the Mary Nutter Classic held in Palm Springs, California. The Tigers picked up wins over No. 14 Arizona, BYU, Ohio State and UNLV before dropping a hard-fought decision to No. 16 UCLA to improve to 14-2 on the season. For the weekend, LSU posted a .343 team batting average, notched double digit hits in three of its outings and received multiple RBIs from seven different players. The Tigers also have belted 15 home runs on the season and already surpassed their season total from 2012. Rachele Fico garnered three more wins in the circle and moved to 9-1 on the season. She fired her second career no-hitter versus Ohio State, a team receiving votes in both Top 25 polls and followed up with a four-hit shutout against No. 14 Arizona. The senior right-hander totaled 24 strikeouts which allowed her to move past Dani Hofer (2006-09) for fourth place on LSU's all-time list. From the top of the order, A.J. Andrews and Jacee Blades were the key table setters for the offense and hit safely in all five games. For Andrews, the five-game hitting streak is a career-long. Allison Falcon provided a pair of two-run homers versus BYU and No. 14 Arizona during the first inning. With the score deadlocked at 6-6 during the seventh inning of the BYU game, Sandra Simmons launched the game-winning grand slam on the first pitch of her at-bat to straight-away centerfield. It marked LSU's first grand slam in 197 games, a streak that dated back to the 2009 season. Rikki Alcaraz was inserted into the lineup and notched a pair of multi-hit efforts which included the go-ahead RBI single in the fourth inning of the UNLV game. LSU continues its three-weekend road swing and wraps up non-conference tournament play at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic held in Orlando, Fla. where the Tigers will meet No. 9 Oregon, No. 15 Michigan, No. 18 Louisville, Penn State and Syracuse.

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