BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
LSU and Arizona met a year ago with a berth to the NCAA Softball Super Regionals on the line. After splitting a pair of games in that Tuscon regional, the Wildcats blasted the Tigers 13-5 in just five innings to end LSU's season.
"I think we knew in the regional last year that we could've beat them," says LSU senior outfielder AJ Andrews. "It's kind of a 'coulda, shouda, woulda,' and that feeling just sits in your stomach."
Andrews is clearly confident the outcome will be different this time around. The rematch factor obviously looms large.
"Oh yeah. I think that's what makes it so exciting," Andrews says with vigor. "They knocked us out last year, and now we'll get the chance to knock them out this year. I know nothing is set in stone, but there's no doubt in my mind we're going to win this weekend. We just have the team. We have all the capabilities and we just have the heart and fight to win this weekend. We just want it so bad."
LSU's leadoff hitter is batting .361 this season, good for third best on the team. Her .489 on base percentage is second best on the squad.
LSU and Arizona begin their super regional series Saturday at 2 p.m. in Tiger Park. The winner of the series will advance to Oklahoma City and the Women's College World Series.