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LSU Softball Report - April 1
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Published: April 01, 2013, 04:02 PM (CT)
by Matt Dunaway, Associate SID

Overall Record: 30-7 [7-2 SEC]

Last Week: 3-1
March 26 – Southeastern Louisiana [W, 5-1]
March 27 – at No. 25 South Alabama [L, 12-5]
March 30 – Samford [W, 4-0]
March 30 – Samford [W, 8-0 – 6 Innings]

This Week:
April 3 – at Florida State [Tallahassee, Fla., 4 p.m., Radio: Country Legends 104.9 FM]
April 3 – at Florida State [Tallahassee, Fla., 6:30 p.m., Radio: Country Legends 104.9 FM]
April 5 – at Arkansas [Fayetteville, Ark., 6 p.m., Radio: Country Legends 104.9 FM]
April 6 – at Arkansas [Fayetteville, Ark., 1 p.m., TV: CST, Radio: Country Legends 104.9 FM]
April 7 – at Arkansas [Fayetteville, Ark., 1 p.m., Radio: Country Legends 104.9 FM]

Nominee for SEC Offense & Freshman Player of the Week

Bianka Bell, Fr., Tampa, Florida
Bell turned a banner week as LSU became the third SEC team to reach the 30-win plateau. She collected hits and RBIs in all four games as she turned in a .429 batting average, two home runs and 10 RBIs for the week. She racked up a career-best four RBIs during LSU’s 12-5 loss at No. 25 South Alabama. Bell added a bases clearing double to break open game two of the Samford doubleheader. 


Notes on the Tigers
No. 13 LSU came away with a 3-1 week as the Tigers became the third SEC team to reach the 30-win plateau on the season. After four weeks of conference play, LSU has a 7-2 league mark to maintain sole possession of first place in the SEC Western Division standings. The Tigers completed the month of March by going 16-5 and posted a doubleheader sweep of Samford. All three members of LSU’s pitching staff – Ashley Czechner, Rachele Fico and Meghan Patterson collected wins during the week. Fico tossed her 10th shutout of the season, a two-hitter versus Samford. At one point, she retired 17 consecutive batters to improve to 17-5 on the season. Czechner equaled a season’s best with eight Ks in game two of the Samford twinbill. She tossed five innings of three-hit ball and has won all eight of her decisions for the season. The junior right-hander hasn’t allowed a run during three of her last four starts dating back to March 13. Not only did Patterson strike out the side to complete the sweep of Samford, she tossed 6.2 frames of four-hit ball and recorded seven strikeouts to claim her fifth win of the season against Southeastern Louisiana. Offensively, A.J. Andrews and Jacee Blades continued their strong seasons at the top of the batting order. The duo teamed up for nine hits, six runs and five RBIs. The Andrews-Blades combo also has hit safely in 22 of their last 26 games. Bianka Bell turned in a memorable week with a .429 hitting clip, two home runs and 10 RBIs. The 10 RBIs accounted for 50 percent of the team’s total on the week. She also belted her first career grand slam at No. 25 South Alabama, and the four RBIs were a career-high for Bell. Coming off the bench, Alayna Falcon picked up the first two hits of her career. LSU opens the April portion of its schedule with a nine-game road swing which begins with a doubleheader at Florida State [Wednesday – 4 p.m. CT] followed by a three-game set at Arkansas [Friday – 6 p.m. CT; Saturday – 1 p.m. CT; Sunday – 1 p.m. CT]. 


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