LAS VEGAS, Nev. - After falling 14-3 to No. 3 California, the No. 25 LSU softball team rolled to a 13-0 five-inning victory over Utah State Sunday on the final day of the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park in Las Vegas.
The 13 runs for LSU (4-4) were the most runs scored by the Tigers since a 15-2 victory over Nicholls State on April 14, 2010, while the 12 hits were a season-high.
Ashley Langoni went 2-for-3 and drove in three RBIs highlighted by a two-run home run. She also scored four runs to tie a program single-game record. The last LSU player to score four runs in a game was Simone Heyward versus Louisiana Tech on Feb. 11, 2011.
In the circle, Rachele Fico fired her second one-hitter of the season and improved to 3-1. She fanned six batters against zero walks.
The Tigers raced out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and made the most of four walks. Heyward and Houston drew free passes with the bases loaded to plate the runs.
LSU filled the bases again during the second inning, and Wray delivered a two-out, two-run single to centerfield to double the Tiger advantage to 4-0.
The Tigers exploded for a season's best seven runs in the third inning. In the process, LSU sent 12 batters to the plate. Allison Falcon along with Houston Langoni, Santos and Supak provided the RBIs. Supak's two-run single down the left line capped the frame and vaulted the Tigers ahead by an 11-0 margin.
Langoni put the finishing touches on the 13-0 triumph with a two-run long ball over the left centerfield fence during the fourth inning. She became the ninth player in program history to collect25 career home runs.
LSU returns to the friendly confines of Tiger Park Tuesday against Southeastern Louisiana. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. and the first 1,000 fans will receive a commemorative LSU softball Mardi Gras bead.
Live stats for every LSU softball game this season will be available on www.LSUsports.net/livestats. Fans also can receive live in-game updates by following LSU softball on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball and @lsu_softball on Twitter.
Game 1 - No. 3 California 14, No. 25 LSU 3 [5 Innings]
Down 6-0 in the third inning, LSU mounted a rally ignited by a Simone Heyward leadoff walk. Her aggressive baserunning on an Ashley Applegate single through the left side gave the Tigers a pair of base runners in scoring position.
Allison Falcon belted a RBI single to left field to plate Heyward and put the Tigers on the board. Three batters later, Ashleigh Kuhn lifted a sacrifice fly to straight-away centerfield to make it 6-2.
With runners on the corners, Kailey McCasland laced a RBI single to left field to pull LSU back to 6-3. Tammy Wray drew a walk to load the bases and allow the Tigers to send the go-ahead run to the plate. On the first pitch, Morgan Russell grounded out to the pitcher to end the rally.
California (8-0) responded with a two-out, two-run double from Breana Kostreba during the fourth inning to regain an 8-3 advantage.
In the fifth inning, the Golden Bears used a trio of home runs en route to six runs for the final margin of 14-3. Frani Echavarria connected for a two-run blast, Jace Williams cranked a three-run dinger and Kostreba added a solo shot. Williams and Kostreba combined to account for nine of Cal's 13 RBIs.
The 14 runs scored by the Golden Bears tied the most runs allowed in program history for a single game. Arizona also tallied 14 runs during the deciding game of the 2006 NCAA Super Regionals.
Cal came out firing on all cylinders and crossed the plate six times in the first inning. Williams opened the scoring with a two-run double, Kostreba smacked a RBI single and Jolene Henderson capped the frame with a two-run homer to left centerfield.
Henderson earned her fifth win of the season in the circle for the Golden Bears, while LSU's Brittany Mack dropped to 1-3 on the season.