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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Fico sharp again as LSU dumps Missouri in softball Super Regional opener

Oxford's Rachele Fico continued her strong showing in the NCAA as LSU walloped Missouri 6-1 at Columbia, Mo., Saturday night.
The Tigers softball team (38-22) moved within a victory of the Women's College World Series with the win over the No. 9 seed.

The teams will meet for game 2 of the best-of-three series on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. CT. If game 3 is necessary, it will be played 30 minutes following game 2. Games will be televised by ESPNU and broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network (104.9 FM in Baton Rouge).
Fico (19-11) earned the win after working around eight hits and two walks by striking out five. The Tigers were error-free in the field and turned a double play to help Fico's cause.
Missouri (46-13) scored its lone run in the botton of the fourth when Nicole Hudson led off the frame with a double to left center, advanced to third on a ground out and scored when Kayla Kingsley beat out a throw from Fico on a slap back to the circle.
Fico got the first two outs in the seventh before loading the bases with a pair of singles and a walk. With a full count to Kelsea Roth, the Missouri first baseman fouled an inside pitch off her helmet and was removed from the game. Pinch hitter Angela Randazzo grounded the next pitch to short for a fielder's choice that ended the game.

Here are Saturday's results:
NCAA Softball Super Regional Pairings/Results
(16) Washington at (1) California
G1 Sat. 9 p.m.
G2/3 Sun. 6 p.m.

LSU leads (9) Missouri, 1-0
G1 LSU won 6-1
G2/3 Sun. 2:30 p.m.

USF def. Hofstra, 2-1
G1 Hofstra won 2-1 (11)
G2 USF won 2-1 (9)
G3 USF won 2-1

(4) Oklahoma def. (13) Arizona, 2-0
G1 Oklahoma won 6-0
G2 Oklahoma won 7-1

(3) Arizona St. def. (14) UL-Lafayette, 2-1
G1 UL-Lafayette won 6-0
G2 Arizona St. won 9-2
G3 Arizona St. won 8-0 (6)

(11) Oregon def (6) Texas, 2-1
G1 Texas won 4-2
G2 Oregon won 5-4 (8)
G3 Oregon won 10-6

(7) Tennessee leads (10) Georgia, 1-0
G1 Tennessee won 3-2
G2/3 Sun. noon

(2) Alabama def. Michigan, 2-0
G1 Alabama won 4-1
G2 Alabama won 4-3

Women's College World Series Pairings
(1) California/(16) Washington vs. LSU/(9) Missouri
(4) Oklahoma vs. USF
(3) Arizona St. vs. (11) Oregon
(2) Alabama vs. (7) Tennessee/(10) Georgia

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