BATON ROUGE - Northwestern State's Tara McKinney and LSU's Rachele Fico garnered Louisiana Sports Writers Association [LSWA] Hitter and Pitcher of the Week awards Wednesday as voted up by the state's sports information directors.
A junior infielder for the Demons, McKinney hit safely in all six games fueled by three multi-hit efforts en route to a .429 batting average, two triples, six runs scored and six RBIs. Northwestern State posted a perfect week and is out to a 12-2 overall start, the program's best since 1990. She provided a walkoff RBI single to give NSU a 3-2 win over Southern Miss. The Red Oak, Texas, native also notched a five-hit outing during a 10-5 victory versus Southern Miss.
A senior pitcher for the Tigers, Fico added three more wins sparked by her second career no-hitter against Ohio State, a team receiving votes in the Top 25 polls. She also tacked on a four-hit shutout versus No. 14 Arizona and a relief win over BYU, two 40-plus NCAA Super Regional and NCAA Regional programs from last season. The Oxford, Connecticut, product was touched up for just three runs on nine hits and racked up 24 strikeouts which allowed her to move past Dani Hofer (2006-09) for fourth place on LSU's all-time list.
It's the 13th weekly award for Fico and first for McKinney from the LSWA.
LSWA Louisiana Softball Hitter of the Week
Feb. 14 - Mackenzie Miller [ULM]
Feb. 21 - Amber Sather [Southeastern Louisiana]
Feb. 27 - Tara McKinney [Northwestern State]
LSWA Louisiana Softball Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 14 - Rachele Fico [LSU]
Feb. 21 - Rachele Fico [LSU]
Feb. 27 - Rachele Fico [LSU]