LSU Softball Report - April 26, 2010

LSU Softball Report - April 26, 2010

Overall Record: 39-10 [17-5 SEC]
Last Week: 3-1

April 21 – McNeese State [L, 3-0]
April 24 – at Kentucky [W, 5-2]
April 25 – at Kentucky [W, 9-3]
April 25 – at Kentucky [W, 3-1]

Nominee for Player of the Week

Jessica Mouse, 3B, Jr., Tampa, Fla.
Mouse had a weekend to remember as LSU notched a three-game sweep over Kentucky. Entering the weekend with a .247 batting average, Mouse went an amazing 7-for-8 with a trio of multi-hit efforts, five doubles and two RBIs from the No. 9 spot in the lineup. She added a pair of walks and reached base during her last eight at-bats of the weekend. Mouse matched a career-best with three hits in the series finale and also added eight assists without an error from her third base post. 

10 2 7 2 .700 2 5 0 0 0/0

Nominee for Pitcher/Freshman of the Week

Rachele Fico, P, Fr., Oxford, Conn.
Without senior ace Cody Trahan, Rachele Fico shouldered the load in the circle as LSU swept its weekend series at Kentucky. She picked up two wins and a save over 14.1 innings of work. The Connecticut native held the Wildcats to three runs, only two earned, and racked up 10 strikeouts. After a complete game in the series opener, Fico entered the middle game with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. She needed only three pitches, all strikes, to retire Natalie Smith looking en route to her fifth save of the season to establish a new program single-season mark previously held by three-time All-American Britni Sneed. Fico capped her weekend with another complete game and recorded five strikeouts as LSU vaulted into the third place in the overall SEC standings.

2 2 0 0 1 14.1 13 3 2 0.98 9 10

Notes on the Tigers
LSU pushed its SEC winning streak to nine games as the Tigers swept Kentucky to vault into sole possession of third place in the overall league standings. Rachel Mitchell knocked a pair of first-inning home runs to hand LSU early leads during the first two games of the series. Her two long balls also allowed her to tie three-time All-American Leslie Klein for the program record. The Tigers also received homers from Anissa Young and Juliana Santos to fuel a 3-1 series finale triumph. Jessica Mouse put together an impressive 7-for-8 effort from the No. 9 spot in the lineup. She cranked five doubles to boost her average by 40 points and equaled a career-high with three hits in the series finale. Rachele Fico tallied a pair of wins and a save from the pitching circle. She tossed a pair of complete games en route to limiting the Wildcats to a trio of runs, two earned, to go along with 10 strikeouts over 14.1 innings of work. Brittany Mack opened the middle game of the series with five innings of shutout ball before giving way to Fico with two outs in the sixth inning. Fico’s save was the fifth of the season and allowed her to eclipse three-time All-American Britni Sneed for the program’s single-season mark. LSU finishes its regular season home slate with a three-game series against Georgia. The two teams will play a single-game Thursday at 7 p.m. followed by a 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. contests on Friday. Games one and three of the series will be televised by ESPN and ESPNU.