Young Lifts No. 21 Softball Past McNeese St., 4-2

by Matt Dunaway
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Young Lifts No. 21 Softball Past McNeese St., 4-2

BATON ROUGE – Reigning SEC and USA Softball Player of the Week Anissa Young continued her trend of late inning heroics with a two-out, two-run single to push the No. 21 LSU softball team to a 4-2 nine-inning victory  over McNeese State Wednesday at Cowgirl Diamond.

LSU (26-12) won its 11th straight game, including three of its last four via a Young extra inning hit. Jacee Blades and Simone Heyward set the table for Young with a pair of infield singles.

“It felt really great to make some solid contact,” Young said. “I may have been over swinging and not waiting for my pitch earlier in the game. We try a little too hard at the plate sometimes, but I was proud of how we continued to fight. We’re a scappy team that does whatever it takes to win.”

McNeese State (22-22) loaded the bases in the home half of the frame after a trio of Rachele Fico walks with one out. The sophomore right-hander regrouped with a strikeout and a ground out to close out the 4-2 win. 

Fico went the distance in the circle for the Tigers and improved to 10-8 in the season. She allowed two runs on six hits and garnered six strikeouts.

“It’s a battle every time we come to Lake Charles,” Girouard said. “We talk all the time that your time will come again to help your time. Anissa did a wonderful job of living in the present. We always get McNeese’s best shot here. I was concerned about this one after the big wins over Alabama and with Tennessee coming up. We had just enough to win tonight.”

LSU manufactured the game’s first run during the fourth inning. Tammy Wray knocked a leadoff single to left field. After Lauren Houston was hit-by-a-pitch, her and pinch runner Alex Boulet executed a double steal to move into scoring position. Two batters later, Morgan Russell platted Boulet on RBI ground out for the 1-0 edge.

The Tiger defense kept the game at 1-0 during the bottom of the frame. With two outs and a runner on second base, Katie Roux knocked a single to left field. Ashley Langoni fielded the ball on one bounce and fired a bullet to the plate to gun down the tying run.

LSU took advantage of a Simone Heyward walk, stolen base, a Cowgirl fielding error and a wild pitch to extend the lead 2-0 in the seventh inning. From the top of the lineup, Heyward along with Cassie Trosclair notched a pair of hits apiece to ignite a nine-hit attack.  

McNeese fired back with solo home runs from Molly Guidry and Alanna Divittorio to force extra innings. 

LSU returns home for a pivotal weekend series with SEC co-leader No. 6 Tennessee. Friday’s series opener is set for 6 p.m. followed by game two Saturday at 11 a.m. televised by ESPN2 and Sunday’s series finale is scheduled for 12 p.m.

Live audio and live stats for all three games of the series will be available in the Geaux Zone on LSUsports.net in addition to being carried live on ESPN 104.5 FM with Patrick Wright calling the action.

In-game updates are provided via the program’s social media pages at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball and www.Twitter.com/LSU_Softball.

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