No. 21 LSU snags 2-1 win
Fico fired 7.0 innings and surrendered one run on four hits
BATON ROUGE, La. – The 12th-ranked Texas squad received a complete-game three-hit pitching performance by sophomore hurler Blaire Luna, but managed just one run after stranding 10 runners as it fell to No. 21 LSU 2-1. The loss dropped the Horns to 16-3 on the season and 2-1 at the LSU Purple & Gold Classic, while the Tigers improved to 15-5 and 3-0 at the tourney.
Luna (10-2) was saddled with the loss after allowing two runs on three hits, walking two and fanning seven in 6.0 innings of work. LSU starter Rachele Fico (5-4) fired 7.0 innings, surrendered one run on four hits, walked six and struck out seven in her winning effort.
LSU struck first in the bottom of the first inning, using a one-out infield single by Tiffany Shaw to start its rally. After Shaw stole second she was able to race home on an RBI infield single hit deep into the three-four hole by Tammy Wray.
Texas evened the tally at one in the third inning when junior first baseman Lexy Bennett laced a one-out RBI double into the left centerfield gap. Sophomore rightfielder Taylor Hoagland drew a leadoff walk to start the inning and scored on the double to tie the game at one.
Bennett headlined the Longhorns’ offense in the game with two hits, an RBI and one walk.
Texas landed three players on the Purple & Gold Classic All-Tournament Team with Luna, freshman shortstop Taylor Thom and sophomore leftfielder Torie Schmidt earning all-tourney accolades.