South Louisiana sports briefs for May 30, 2013

LSU’s Andrews, Fico earn All-America

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — LSU sophomore outfielder A.J. Andrews and senior pitcher Rachele Fico earned Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American honors Wednesday from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

The last time two LSU players were named All-Americans was in 2007 with Leslie Klein and Killian Roessner.

Fico was named to the First Team for the second straight season. Fico (24-13) had 10 shutouts and 232 strikeouts, second-most in the Southeastern Conference. In SEC play, she had 11 wins, a 2.27 ERA and 94 strikeouts.

Andrews is on the third team. She led LSU with a .359 batting average and 47 runs scored. She also had 32 RBIs and was 19-for-21 in stolen bases.

NFCA Division I All-Americans

First team

P – Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma

P – Blaire Luna, Texas

P – Hannah Rogers, Florida

C – Amber Freeman, Arizona State

1B – Lauren Chamberlain, Oklahoma

2B – Lauren Gibson, Tennessee

SS – Madison Shipman, Tennessee

3B – Raven Chavanne, Tennessee

OF – Cassidy Bell, Penn State

OF – Kayla Braud, Alabama

OF – Janie Takeda, Oregon

P/UTL – Kaitlin Inglesby, Washington

DP/UTL – Alexa Peterson, Oregon

P/At-Large – Rachele Fico, LSU

P/At-Large – Jessica Moore, Oregon

P/At-Large – Chelsea Thomas, Missouri

P/UTL/At-Large – Lauren Haeger, Florida

3B/At-Large – Taylor Hoagland, Texas

Second team

P – Dallas Escobedo, Arizona State

P – Olivia Galati, Hofstra

P – Jolene Henderson, California

C – Megan Baltzell, Longwood

1B – Alicja Wolny, Louisville

2B – Katie Keller, Louisville

SS – Cheyenne Coyle, Arizona State

3B – Shelby Pendley, Oklahoma

OF – B.B. Bates, UCLA

OF – Haylie McCleney, Alabama

OF – Brianna Turang, Oklahoma

P/UTL – Tatum Edwards, Nebraska

DP/UTL – Cali Lanphear, Texas A&M

P/At-Large – Hannah Campbell, South Alabama

2B/At-Large – Kaila Hunt, Alabama

SS/At-Large – Sierra Romero, Michigan

OF/At-Large – Brianna Cherry, Louisiana-Lafayette

OF/At-Large – Emilee Koerner, Notre Dame

Third team

P – Aimee Creger, Tulsa

P – Kaia Parnaby, Hawaii

P – Lacey Waldrop, Florida State

C – Sarah Draheim, Louisiana-Lafayette

1B – Geri Ann Glasco, Georgia

2B – Kaylan Howard, Oregon

SS – Taylor Thom, Texas

3B – Kaitlyn Richardson, Minnesota

OF – A.J. Andrews, LSU

OF – Maggie Hull, Kansas

OF – Tomeka Watson, Elon

P/UTL – Jackie Traina, Alabama

DP/UTL – Brooke Short, Longwood

P/UTL/At-Large – Mel Dumezich, Texas A&M

P/At-Large – Sara Nevins, South Florida

C/At-Large – Stephanie Pasquale, Temple

2B/At-Large – Ashley Lane, Michigan

OF/At-Large – Jennifer Gilbert, Ball State

LSU women No. 4, men No. 6 in track

The LSU women’s track and field team is ranked No. 4 in the final U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top 25 power rankings.

The men’s team is ranked No. 6, it’s highest spot this season.

The Tigers and Lady Tigers will each compete with 12 semifinalists to the NCAA outdoor championships that start June 5 in Eugene, Ore.

Top 25 women: 1, Kansas 317.16; 2, Texas A&M 271.81; 3, Florida 260.17; 4, LSU 247.86; 5, Oregon 245.62; 6, Arizona 211.26; 7, Arkansas 201.76; 8, Central Florida 195.52; 9, Arizona State 192.60; 10, Georgia 175.97; 11, Stanford 173.45; 12, Texas 168.38; 13, Clemson 161.44; 14, UCLA 141.51; 15, Iowa State 134.35; 16, Illinois 117.82; 17, Texas Tech 108.39; 18, Florida State 105.66; 19, Southern California 96.92; 20, Washington 96.52; 21, Wichita State 88.94; 22, South Carolina 87.34; 23, San Diego State 83.37; 24, Penn State 82.16; 25, Michigan State 81.94.

Top 25 men: 1, Texas A&M 346.23; 2, Arkansas 327.31; 3, Oregon 275.24; 4, Florida 259.00; 5, Florida State 231.06; 6, LSU 191.88; 7,Southern California 178.82; 8, Texas 176.97; 9, Nebraska 162.54; 10, Virginia Tech 141.53; 11, Georgia 137.63; 12, TCU 118.43; 13, Wisconsin 112.73; 14, Ole Miss 111.48; 15, Kansas 97.05; 16, Alabama 96.90; 17, Oklahoma State 95.97; 18, Penn State 92.11; 19, UCLA 87.90; 20, Iowa 87.30; 21, Ohio State 85.29; 22, Arizona 83.66; 23, Mississippi State 78.42; 24, BYU 78.06; 25, Kansas State 77.16.

Spring Hill beats Lubbock Christian

COLUMBUS, Ga. — The Spring Hill College softball team kept its national title dreams alive with a 4-2 victory over the Lubbock Christian at the NAIA National Championships on Wednesday night.

Spring Hill (49-16), the No. 10 seed, faces top-seeded Concordia University (51-3) at 3 p.m. Thursday. SHC would have to beat Concordia twice Thursday to win the title.

SHC walk-on designated hitter Taylor Lahasky, a former Catholic-New Iberia player, hit a two-run homer in the second inning against LCU starter Katera Eltsosie (28-7). Eltsosie had 11 strikeouts and one walk while allowing seven hits.

Freshman pitcher Caroline Sagrera, an ex-St. Joseph’s Academy player, got the win, allowing 10 hits and five walks while striking out seven.

LCU scored one run in the third and tied the game in the bottom of the fifth when Eltsosie connected on an RBI double.

Tulane’s Arechiga, Lapucha honored

IRVING, Texas — Two Tulane track and field stars, Christopher Arechiga and Joanna Lapucha, were named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team.

Arechiga had a GPA of 3.75 in the fall of 2012 and a cumulative GPA of 3.79 in music and science technology. He ran on the 4x400-meter relay and the 4x100 relay.

Lapucha is a pole vaulter.

Lopez Porras earns honorable mention

Tulane senior Maribel Lopez Porras received honorable mention All-America honors from the Women’s Golf Coaches Association.

Porras led the Green Wave to a Conference USA Championship. She finished 14th at last week’s national championships.

Compiled from Advocate news services