7-run third lifts LSU past A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The No. 13 LSU softball team used a seven-run third inning to take a 10-2, five-inning win over No. 10 Texas A&M on Sunday at the Aggie Softball Complex.

Eight players had RBIs for LSU (35-9, 11-4 Southeastern Conference).

“I think Sundays in the SEC are all about heart and guts,” LSU coach Beth Torina said. “Our players did a great job of finding a way to win and finding a way to win this series on the road. Coach Dobson preaches to our offense about staying in the hitting plan, making sure that we’re selective and swinging at our pitch.”

The Tigers sent 13 batters to the plate during the third inning.

Allison Falcon was 1-for-2 with a home run, two runs and two RBIs. Tammy Wray was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Bianka Bell was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Rachele Fico (22-7) went the distance for the Tigers, holding A&M to two hits.

“Winning this series is huge for our group,” Fico said. “We showed so much fight and so much mental strength to be able to bounce back to win two games in a row. I was able to settle down, trust my pitches, change speeds and hit my spots after a rough first inning. I wasn’t nervous at all, and I knew our offense would pull it out because they’ve been swinging the bats so well.”

Nicole Morgan hit a home run and had two RBIs for Texas A&M falls to 34-9, 6-8.

ULL 6, Middle Tennessee 0: In Lafayette, Ragin’ Cajuns sophomore Jordan Wallace struck out 18 batters in seven innings. Wallace allowed one hit and one walk.

Nerissa Myers was 2-for-4 with two runs for UL-Lafayette (30-11, 11-4 Sun Belt).

Nina Dever had the lone hit for Middle Tennessee (5-36, 1-16).