The LSU softball team continued their surprising postseason march Saturday night, beating #9 seed Missouri 6-1 to begin NCAA Super Regional play. LSU is now one win away from the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, as the two teams will meet again Sunday at 2:30 pm. If LSU happens to lose that game, the two squads will immediately play a third and deciding contest. The purple & gold Tigers haven't reached the WCWS since 2004.
Missouri's star pitcher Chelsea Thomas surrendered a 2-run single to Allison Falcon in third inning for a 2-0 LSU lead, before Thomas seriously struggled with her control and was eventually yanked from the contest down 5-1 in the fifth inning. Thomas was thought to present a huge challenge for LSU, entering the game with a 26-7 record and a 1.07 ERA. Not only that, but despite winning their NCAA regional last weekend, the LSU offense had been a bit anemic, scoring a total of five runs in their three games.
Falcon finished 2-3 with 3 RBI and Morgan Russell added emphasis to the win and LSU's offensive attack. Russell with a blistering, RBI-double off the top of the left field wall in the top of the 7th inning. Ashley Langoni would likewise fly out at the warning track shortly after, just missing out on a three-run home run.
LSU ace pitcher Rachele Fico had no issue finding the strike zone, not walking a single batter until the 6th inning. Fico, who entered the game with a .92 ERA, pitched a complete game gem and allowed only one run on eight hits. With the win she improves to 19-11 on the season.