LSU softball team wraps up road swing at McNeese

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD.LSU freshman softball player Bianka Bell has a .331 batting average with a team-leading 10 home runs and 39 RBIs. She has picked up RBIs in each of her last 11 games, a school record. Bell and the Tigers face McNeese Sate at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Lake Charles. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD.LSU freshman softball player Bianka Bell has a .331 batting average with a team-leading 10 home runs and 39 RBIs. She has picked up RBIs in each of her last 11 games, a school record. Bell and the Tigers face McNeese Sate at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Lake Charles.

The 11th-ranked LSU softball team will conclude its eight-game road swing at 7 p.m. Wednesday against McNeese State at Cowgirl Diamond.

LSU (35-9) has won 24 of its 26 previous meetings over McNeese State (32-10), but the series has been a little more competitive lately.

The teams played three times last season, and two of the three games were decided by one or two runs.

As for this year, the Cowgirls have won 19 of their last 22 games, rocketing to the top of the Southland Conference standings.

Alanna DiVittorio and Emily Vincent have combined for 17 of the team’s 31 home runs; they also lead the team in batting average and RBIs. Lauren Langner paces the Cowgirls with 49 total hits and is 12-for-16 in the stolen base department.

In the circle, McNeese State has a pair of 15-game winners in Jamie Allred and Meagan Bond, who have played a major role in the staff’s 1.67 ERA, good for ninth place in the NCAA rankings.

Bond has 139 strikeouts in 120.2 innings, while Allred has fanned 116 in 116 innings.

“McNeese State is always a tough opponent for us without question and played us three extremely hard-fought games last season,” LSU coach Beth Torina said. “They’ve been playing well and are very well-coached. Their offense is good and balanced, and they have two solid pitchers. We know we’ll have to play our best game to be successful in Lake Charles.”

The Tigers are coming off a successful weekend at then-No. 10 Texas A&M, winning two of three games in their Southeastern Conference series.

Bianka Bell continues to swing a powerful bat with a .331 batting average to go along with a team-leading 10 home runs and 39 RBIs. She has picked up RBIs in each of her last 11 games, a school record.

Rachele Fico (22-7) leads the SEC with 198 strikeouts in 172.1 innings.

She is 16 strikeouts away from passing fellow All-American Emily Turner for third place on the program’s all-time list.