From LSU Sports
BATON ROUGE – Rachele Fico and Ashley Czechner fired a pair of three-hit shutouts as the LSU softball team secured 7-0 and 3-0 victories over McNeese State Tuesday at Tiger Park.
Fico was dominant and totaled 10 strikeouts. The senior right-hander fired in 16-of-26 first pitch strikes and allowed only five balls to leave the infield.
Czechner collected four Ks. She worked her way out of jams with multiple base runners during the first and five innings, respectively.
"I thought the pitchers were solid," head coach Beth Torina said. "It's a good day on the mound anytime you can get back-to-back shutouts. Offensively, I was pleased with the number of quality at-bats that we had especially in the first game. We know there are things that we still need to work on, but I thought they were areas where the players made adjustments from the weekend to the doubleheader. That's the type of learning and development that we want to see during the fall season."
During game one, LSU loaded the bases in the third inning. Kellsi Kloss, Sandra Simmons and Simone Heyward set the table with a trio of singles. With two outs, Rikki Alcaraz belted a grand slam over the right centerfield fence on a 2-2 offering to give the Tigers a 4-0 advantage.
Simmons and Heyward connected singles again during the fifth inning. This time it was Bianka Bell who cleared the bases with a three-run dinger that went halfway up the left field berm for the final margin of 7-0.
LSU jumped on the Cowgirls with a two-run first inning to open the second game. Jacee Blades knocked a one-out single to right field, while Kailey McCasland drew a walk and Bell was hit-by-a-pitch to fill the bases. Tammy Wray added another walk and Dylan Supak platted a run on a sacrifice fly to give the Tigers a 2-0 edge.
LSU tacked on an insurance run during the fourth inning. Wray delivered a leadoff line drive single to centerfield and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Supak reached on a throwing error to place runners on the corners. Kloss connected for a RBI-single to left field on the first pitch of the at-bat to extend LSU's lead to the final margin of 3-0.
LSU continues its fall season Friday with a single-game against Nicholls State. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., and admission is free to all fall contests at Tiger Park.