POSTED: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 6:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 6:34pm
Baton Rouge, La — The LSU softball team opens up a five-game homestand and plays host its first midweek contest of the 2012 season Tuesday versus Southeastern Louisiana. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. at Tiger Park.
LSU (4-4) has won 16 of its 17 meeting against the Lady Lions (1-7), including a 9-0 five-inning decision during the two teams only meeting last season. Rachele Fico tossed the third perfect game in program history, while Tammy Wray fueled the offense with a 3-for-3 effort and three RBIs.
Southeastern Louisiana's offense has been sparked by Meghan Gomez and Ariell Van Hook. The duo has combined for all six of the Lady Lion home runs and 15 of the squad's 31 RBIs for the season. Vicki Honeycutt has SLU's lone win in the circle.
During their two wins last weekend at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic hosted by UNLV, the Tigers defeated Cal State Northridge and Utah State by an impressive 24-0 margin.
"I thought our offense did some nice things, and I was happy with the way they performed in three of our four games over the weekend," head coach Beth Torina said. "We've played an extremely tough schedule to this point. I hope our offense can continue to roll this week and really build some true confidence going forward."
Allison Falcon enters Tuesday's contest with a career-long five-game hitting streak. The Donaldsonville native has compiled a team-leading .474 hitting clip on nine hits to go along with four RBIs.
Juliana Santos is right behind Falcon with seven hits and a .389 batting average. She has hit safely in six of eight outings and added five RBIs.
Ashley Langoni produced six RBIs and became the ninth player in program history to reach 25 career home runs over the weekend. Four of Langoni's five hits have scored runs this season.
Rachele Fico continued to be dominant for LSU in the pitching circle. Last time out against Utah State, the junior right-hander fired her second one-hitter of the 2012 season. She has garnered a 3-1 record and a sparkling 0.58 ERA in 24 innings of work.
"I think that we're capable of doing all of the things to be a great softball team whether it's pitching, offense or defense," Torina said. "We've shown we can do all three things. We just need to put them together and do them at the same time. In the long run, all of the things that we are doing are going to pay off."
Follow every pitch of Tuesday's game via live stats on www.LSUsports.net/livestats . Fans also can receive live in-game updates on LSU softball's social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball  and @lsu_softball on Twitter.
As part of "Mardi Gras Day" at the ballpark, the first 1,000 fans will receive a commemorative LSU softball medallion bead.
LSU softball also will be collecting new packs of pencils at the fan zone on the concourse. The Tigers will donate the items collected to USA Softball's Pencil Drive when the team travels to the Preview Tournament in March.
The Tiger Park Ticket Booth will open 90 minutes prior to first pitch. Fans can purchase tickets on-site starting at $5 for adult general admission and $3 for youth ages 3-12. Season tickets are on-sale for $75 and additional ticket information is available at www.LSUtix.net .
Season ticket holders will have their tickets scanned upon entrance to Tiger Park. The LSU Athletics Ticket Office urges season ticket holders to be cautious when separating their bar-coded tickets. The barcode must be attached to the ticket when arriving at the gate. If the barcode detaches, season ticket holders must stop by the LSU Athletics Ticket Office on the first floor of the Athletics/Administration Building for a reprint of their tickets.
LSU Softball Report - February 20, 2012
Overall Record: 4-4 [0-0 SEC]
Last Week: 2-2
Feb. 15 - Florida State [PPD - Rain to April 17]
Feb. 18 - vs. DePaul [L, 3-1]
Feb. 18 - vs. Cal State Northridge [W, 11-0, 5 Innings]
Feb. 19 - vs. No. 3 California [L, 14-3 - 5 Innings]
Feb. 19 - vs. Utah State [W, 13-0 - 5 Innings]
Feb. 21 - Southeastern Louisiana [Tiger Park, 6 p.m.]
Feb. 25 - South Alabama [Tiger Park, 12:30 p.m.]
Feb. 25 - McNeese State [Tiger Park, 3 p.m.]
Feb. 26 - South Alabama [Tiger Park, 3 p.m.]
Feb. 26 - Alcorn State [Tiger Park, 5:30 p.m.]
Nominee for Player of the Week
Allison Falcon, 2B/SS, So., Donaldsonville, La.
Entering the weekend with 16 career hits, Falcon had a weekend to remember at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic. She went 7-for-13 at the plate with a .538 batting average, scored five runs and drove home three RBIs. The Donaldsonville native produced hits in all four games fueled by a pair of multi-hit efforts to push her career-long hitting streak to five games. Her three hits against Cal State Northridge matched a career-high.
AB R H BB AVG. RBI 2B 3B HR SB/SBA
13 5 7 0 .538 3 1 0 0 0/0
Nominee for Pitcher of the Week
Rachele Fico, P, Jr., Oxford, Conn.
Fico continued her strong start to the season and tossed her second one-hit shutout of 2012 versus Utah State. She fanned 12 batters against zero walks in her 11 frames of action. The Oxford, Conn., native is now 3-1 with a blistering 0.58 ERA for the season.
GS W L ShO SV IP H R ER ERA BB SO
2 1 1 1 0 11.0 9 3 2 1.27 0 12
Notes on the Tigers
No. 25 LSU ran its record to 4-4 after splitting a quartet of games at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic over the weekend. The Tigers defeated Cal State Northridge and Utah State by an impressive 24-0 margin. The 13 runs versus Utah State was the program's best output since a 15-2 victory over Nicholls State on April 14, 2010. Ashley Langoni turned in a .364 batting average with a home run and six RBIs. She became the ninth player in program history to reach the 25-homer plateau. Allison Falcon continued to swing a hot bat and hit safely in all four games to bring her career-long hitting streak to five games. She equaled a career-high with three hits against Cal State Northridge. During different points of the weekend, A.J. Andrews, Dylan Supak and Tammy Vermeulen picked up their first career hits and RBIs. Rachele Fico continued to be impressive in the circle for the Tigers. She tossed her second one-hitter of the season against Utah State. For the season, Fico has posted a 3-1 mark with a blistering 0.58 ERA over her 24 innings of work. LSU plays five games at home this week. The Tigers face Southeastern Louisiana [Tuesday - 6 p.m.] before meeting South Alabama [Saturday - 12:30 p.m., Sunday - 3 p.m.], McNeese State [Saturday - 3 p.m.] and Alcorn State [Sunday - 5:30 p.m.].