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For the fourth time in school history and the first since 2012, the LSU softball team advanced to the Women's College World Series on Sunday.
The Tigers completed a sweep of Arizona in the best-of-three NCAA Super Regional, 10-5, to earn their first victory lap at a jam-packed Tiger Park. No. 5 seed LSU also defeated No. 12 Arizona, 8-0 in five innings, on Saturday.
For the second time in as many games, LSU (50-12) scored four runs in its first at bat and never trailed.
Sandra Simmons spearheaded the Tigers offense with three runs and five RBI including a two-run single in the first inning, a two-run homer in the third and a sacrifice fly in the fourth. She polished off the 3-for-3 performance at the plate with a leadoff triple in the seventh before scoring LSU's ninth run.
Freshman Allie Walljasper (15-5) earned the victory, throwing 4 1/3 innings and allowing only two earned runs before being lifted by Carley Hoover after walking in two runs in the fifth inning. Hoover put out the fire with back-to-back strikeouts, then earned the save with empty frames in the sixth and seventh.
LSU head coach Beth Torina earned her second trip to the WCWS in her four seasons in Baton Rouge. She led the Tigers to Oklahoma City in 2012, while her predecessor Yvette Girouard took the Tigers in 2001 and 2004. LSU, which is 6-6 in the WCWS all-time, scored its best national finish in 2004 with a tie for third.
Five Southeastern Conference teams advanced to the WCWS, including all four on LSU's side of the bracket. The double-elimination tournament starts Thursday and ends with a best-of-three series among the two bracket winners starting Monday, June 1.
LSU will open the tournament against No. 4-seeded Auburn at 1:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, May 28. The game at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium will be televised by ESPN, broadcast on 104.5/104.9 FM in Baton Rouge and streamed free at LSUsports.net/live.