BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The LSU softball team left no doubt, as it earned two big wins over the weekend and will next move on to the Women's College World Series.
It was a great way to close out Tiger Park for the season. It is a season that has already been one to remember.
Considering the records broken and accomplishments made by this LSU team, many skeptics agreed that the season could only be considered a success if the Tigers reached the Women's College World Series.
"I'm so happy," said center fielder AJ Andrews. "Thank you to everybody who was here, everybody who supports us and watch us in OKC because we're going to win the whole doggone thing."
"It means everything; we've worked so hard," said first baseman Sandra Simmons. "I've worked my entire life for it and I know all my teammates have worked their entire lives for this moment."
"I'm just so proud of this team," said head coach Beth Torina. "I feel like starting back in the fall this team was on a mission. They worked so hard. They truly earned this moment today. And, if they would have won or lost, I still would have been so proud to be the coach of this team. I've truly enjoyed every minute with these girls this year."
"It's just relieving that what we've worked for and what we've dreamed of is now happening," said catcher and third baseman Sahvanna Jaquish.
LSU's ticket was punched to the Women's College World Series at the expense of the team that ousted the Tigers from the postseason a year ago.
"They took it from us last year and then this year, it was just locked up and they did not have the key," Andrews added.
If Saturday belonged to Bailey Landry, then Super Sunday for LSU softball was owned by Sandra Simmons and Constance Quinn. The dynamic duo combined for eight RBIs on the afternoon, six of those with two outs in the inning.
"I couldn't be more thankful to have the group of girls that we have and the coaching staff and just the support staff. Today, I think we came out with a different energy and it was amazing," Simmons explained.
"I said, 'I don't think anyone's hitting it out of dead center or hitting it out of right today,'" said hitting coach Howard Dobson. "I said, 'The way that wind's blowing, it going to be really hard to get a ball out of here.' So, you can imagine how far that ball goes if the wind's blowing in the other direction. It might be over by the oil derrick over there."
Dobson was referring to Simmons' two-run home run in the third inning. Quinn, the other half of the duo, was also huge at the plate for the Tigers.
"She's been swinging it really well, too. She has the double against Arizona State and then she has the two today. And, the more she stays in the groove, that lower half of the lineup starts turning the top over, we can be really dangerous," Dobson added.
"We get rings and that's really exciting," said short stop Bianka Bell. "Now, it's not done yet because we've got to win the whole thing and get an even bigger ring, so I'm pretty pumped about that."
LSU will leave for the Women's College World Series on Tuesday. The Tigers will face Auburn in Oklahoma City at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.