LSU's A.J. Andrews
Photo by:Martin McCallister, LSU Athletics Student Photographer
LSU Softball Report - March 11
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Published: March 11, 2013, 12:20 PM (CT)
by Matt Dunaway, Associate SID

Overall Record: 19-5 [2-1 SEC]

Last Week: 2-1
March 8 - at Mississippi State [W, 1-0 - 14 Innings]
March 9 - at Mississippi State [L, 2-1]
March 10 - at Mississippi State [W, 9-2]

This Week:
March 13 - Nicholls State [Tiger Park, 6 p.m., TV: CST, Radio: Country Legends 104.9 FM]
March 15 - No. 17 Kentucky [Tiger Park, 6 p.m., Radio: Country Legends 104.9 FM]
March 16 - No. 17 Kentucky [Tiger Park, 4 p.m., TV: CSS/CST, Radio: Country Legends 104.9 FM]
March 17 - No. 17 Kentucky [Tiger Park, 12 p.m., Radio: Country Legends 104.9 FM]

Nominee for SEC Offense Player of the Week

A.J. Andrews, So., Oldsmar, Florida
Andrews hit safely in all three games of LSU's series win over Mississippi State, a team receiving votes in the Top 25 polls. Andrews picked the most opportune time for her first career home run, a solo shot during the 14th inning which gave the Tigers a 1-0 win in the series opener. She added her team-leading ninth multi-hit game in the series finale. Her leadoff set the tone for LSU's three-run first inning capped by Bianka Bell's three-run homer.

AB
R
H
BB
AVG.
RBI
2B
3B
HR
SB/SBA
14
3
4
2
.286
2
0
0
1
1/1

Nominee for SEC Pitcher of the Week

Rachele Fico, Sr., Oxford, Connecticut
Fico notched a pair of victories over Mississippi State and secured a SEC-low 0.33 ERA for the weekend. The senior right-hander turned in a pitching performance for the ages and overcame personal circumstances after feeling under the weather. She not only broke a LSU single-game mark set by former All-American Britni Sneed versus Oklahoma at the 2001 Women's College World Series but equaled a SEC single-game record originally held by former Tennessee All-American Monica Abbott by racking up 22 strikeouts during the series opener. Fico sat down 25 of the final 27 batters she faced and wrapped up the 1-0 14-inning triumph with her record-tying 22nd strikeout of the game. The Connecticut native garnered eight strikeouts in another complete game win to clinch the series win and give LSU sole possession of first place in the SEC Western Division.

GS
W
L
SHO
IP
H
R
ER
ERA
2
2
0
1
21.0
10
2
1
0.33

Notes on the Tigers
No. 12 LSU completed its 13-game road trip and started SEC play with a series win at Mississippi State. The Tigers are in sole possession of first place in the SEC Western Division after opening weekend. Rachele Fico collected both wins for LSU in the pitcher's circle. She provided a memorable effort in the series opener and registered 22 strikeouts during a 1-0 victory in 14 innings. The 22 Ks eclipsed former All-American Britni Sneed for a LSU single-game record and matched former Tennessee All-American Monica Abbott for a SEC single-game mark. A.J. Andrews notched the offensive heroics with her first career home run, a solo shot to straight-away centerfield with one out during the 14th inning. She went on to hit safely in all three games and picked up her team-leading ninth multi-hit performance in the series finale. Bianka Bell cranked a three-run dinger during the first inning to begin a four-homer barrage as the Tigers won the rubber game by a 9-2 margin. Allison Falcon, Sandra Simmons and Tammy Wray also added longballs for LSU. The four home runs for the Tigers tied a season's best. In the circle, Fico tacked on eight strikeouts and went the distance for the complete-game win. The senior right-hander enters next week's action eight Ks away from becoming the fourth hurler in program history to reach 700 career strikeouts. LSU returns to the friendly confines of Tiger Park and will face off with Nicholls State [Wednesday - 6 p.m.] before No. 17 Kentucky visits the Capital City for a three-game series. Game times are slated for 6 p.m. [Friday], 4 p.m. [Saturday] and 12 p.m. [Sunday].

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