Heyward, Fico Sweep LSWA Weekly Softball Awards
BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Simone Heyward and Rachele Fico took home Louisiana Sports Writers Association [LSWA] Hitter and Pitcher of the Week awards Thursday as voted up by the state’s sports information directors.
A junior outfielder for the Tigers, Heyward played a key role in LSU’s weekend sweep over defending national champion and then No. 4 Alabama. She represented the game-winning or game-tying run in all three games of the series. The California native also provided two critical outfield assists where she gunned down the potential game-tying runs at home plate and third base during the final two games of the series. For the weekend, Heyward batted .600 for the week fueled by a 2-for-3 effort in the series opener.
A senior hurler for the Tigers, Fico provided two of LSU’s wins in the circle over the Crimson Tide. The NFCA National Player of the Week sat down 18 of the first 21 Alabama batters she faced during the series opener. She stranded the bases loaded in both the seventh and eighth innings which enabled Sandra Simmons to win the game with a walkoff RBI single. Fico went the distance again during her Senior Day start in the series finale. After her offense gave her a 4-3 lead, the senior right-hander retired the final four batters she faced highlighted by two strikeouts to secure a share of LSU’s first SEC Western Division crown since 2007.
It’s the 15th career weekly award for Fico and first for Heyward from the LSWA.
LSWA Softball Hitter of the Week
Feb. 14 Mackenzie Miller [ULM]
Feb. 21 Amber Sather [Southeastern Louisiana]
Feb. 27 Tara McKinney [Northwestern State]
March 6 Allison Falcon [LSU]
March 14 Kristen Miles [Louisiana Tech]
March 21 A.J. Andrews [LSU]
March 29 Ashley Bertot [Nicholls State]
April 5 Melanie Goff [Louisiana Tech]
April 11 A.J. Andrews [LSU]
April 18 Nerissa Myers [ULL]
April 25 Ashley Modzelewski [McNeese State]
May 2 Simone Heyward [LSU]
LSWA Softball Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 14 Rachele Fico [LSU]
Feb. 21 Rachele Fico [LSU]
Feb. 27 Rachele Fico [LSU]
March 6 Kylie Roos [Northwestern State]
March 14 Rachele Fico [LSU]
March 21 Meagan Bond [McNeese State]
March 29 Jamie Allred [McNeese State]
April 5 Anna Cross [Louisiana Tech]
April 11 Jordan Wallace [ULL]
April 18 Jordan Wallace [ULL]
April 25 Ashley Czechner [LSU]
May 2 Rachele Fico [LSU]