POSTED: Monday, February 11, 2013 - 9:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 11, 2013 - 9:34pm
BIRMINGHAM, AL — LSU senior right-hander Rachele Fico picked up the first SEC Pitcher of the Week award of the season Monday as announced by the league office. It marks the third career weekly award for Fico and her first selection since her freshman season.
Fico tossed two shutouts, tallied a 0.41 ERA and racked up 20 strikeouts over her 17.0 innings of work. The 2013 All-SEC Preseason Team and USA Softball Player of the Year Top 50 finalist secured victories over No. 22 North Carolina and Tulsa, a pair of NCAA Regional and 40-win programs from last season.
Fico’s effort during the Tulsa game was masterful where she retired 11 of the first 12 batters she faced and sat down 11 of the final 12 hitters that came to the plate. Her 14 strikeouts versus the Golden Hurricane was the second-highest output of her career only behind her 18 Ks against Syracuse at the 2011 NCAA College Station Regional. The Connecticut native enters this week’s action 16 Ks away from becoming the fifth pitcher in program history to reach 600 career strikeouts.
“We’re very excited for Rachele, and this is a well-deserved award for her,” head coach Beth Torina said. “She put together a really solid opening weekend against some quality competition. We can expect to see those types of performances from her all season long like we have in the past. There’s no doubt that she’s our workhorse and been a special pitcher that has been so reliable for us.”
LSU hits the road for the first time on the season and faces Ole Miss for a Wednesday non-conference tilt. Wednesday's first pitch is slated for 5 p.m., and a free live audio webcast of the game will be available inside the Geaux Zone on LSUsports.net/live.
Live stats for every LSU softball game this season will be available on www.LSUsports.net/livestats . Fans also can receive live in-game updates by following LSU softball on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball  and @lsusoftball on Twitter.
The Tigers return home to play host to the Purple & Gold Challenge as Memphis, Nicholls State, North Dakota State and Virginia this weekend.
The Tiger Park Ticket Office will open one hour prior to the first game of each day. 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 .