ON CAMPUS A look at the area college sports scene

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Fico lifts LSU to back-to-back shutouts in the NCAA, Tigers in regional final

There is no doubt that the LSU softball team has two outstanding pitchers but it looks like the Tigers are going to run with Oxford's Rachele Fico in the NCAA.

And with good reason.

Fico threw her second shutout of the NCAA tournament on Saturday when she blanked Texas A&M 2-0/

The Aggies are the No. 8 seed in the tournament and the region's host but LSU played spoiler on Saturday to reach the regional final.

Rachele Fico
They'll play for the right to head to the Super Regional on Sunday at 1 p.m. against a team to be decided, perhaps the Aggies again.

While the LSU offense continues to stuggle the Tigers know that they don't have to score many runs in the tourney.

Fico (her postgame comments) has thrown identical lines in her first two games of the tourney.

She has allowed four hits and fanned 12 in 14 scoreless innings.

The forner All-Stater from Masuk led the nation in ERA and has split time on the mound with Brittany Mack. The two are the top 1-2 punch in the circle in the country.

"[It was [definitely a disappointing loss for us," Texas A&M coach Jo Evans said. "We didn't take care of business in the first inning. LSU did a good job to jump out early and put some pressure on us. We just didn't handle that well. We had the opportunity to get out of the inning and didn't make a play. I felt from that point we let the game speed up in our heads. We didn't do a good job of taking a step back, gathering ourselves and relaxing to play the game. [Rachele] Fico did a nice job out there."

Fico (18-11) hurled 13th shutout this season.

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