Advocate news service
March 19, 2013
HAMMOND — LSU’s softball team extended its winning streak to seven games Tuesday with a doubleheader sweep of Georgia Southern at Tiger Park, winning the first game 8-0 in five innings, then capping the night with a 3-2 comeback victory.
“We are in a good spot now, and they played well tonight. Some really good things happened,” coach Beth Torina said. “We got (pitcher) Meghan Patterson through seven innings. Bianka (Bell) came into her own today. She had a really good day. Some things we’ve been waiting on to happen happened tonight. I think if you add that to the win streak we are on, and we are in a really good spot.”
The Tigers (25-5) are off to their best 30-game start in program history since the 2010 squad posted a 26-4 mark. Georgia Southern (14-16) has now lost six in a row.
A.J. Andrews, Bianka Bell and Lauren Houston picked up two RBIs apiece in the first game, while Rikki Alcaraz went 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI.
Rachele Fico (15-3) threw a two-hit shutout, her eighth on the season. The senior right-hander had eight strikeouts and gave up one walk. In the process, she picked up her 69th career victory, moving her past Ashley Lewis (1999-2001) for fourth place on LSU’s all-time list.
The Tigers erupted for five runs during the second inning, highlighted by back-to-back homers by Bell and Alcaraz.
“Bianka did a really good job,” Torina said “I’ve said this before, but she doesn’t have to get hits to lead us. She leads us with her personality and who she is. She really sparks us and just her approach at the plate leads us. So when she actually is able to come through, it is even more dangerous.”
In the second game, Georgia Southern scored early, taking advantage of a two-out walk and a fielding error in the top of the first inning. The Eagles scored their two unearned runs on Tabby Douberley’s double to the left field fence.
LSU tied the score in the bottom of the first on a two-out, two-run single to right-center by Kellsi Kloss.
The Tigers took a 3-2 lead in the third inning when Falcon drew a leadoff walk and scored on Bell’s double.
Junior right-hander Meghan Patterson earned the win, allowing two runs on three hits in a complete game. She walked four and struck out eight.
“Tonight, the dropball was definitely working for me,” Patterson said. “It even looked really sharp in the bullpen before the game. In the sixth inning, there were still some runners on. I didn’t do that all game, but I worked through it.”
LSU welcomes South Carolina to Tiger Park for a three-game set this weekend.