LSU bombs No. 9 seed Missouri
Tigers jump early, chase Tiger ace Thomas on way to easy win
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- LSU moved within a victory of the Women's College World Series on Saturday, as the Tigers stunned homestanding No. 9 seed Missouri 6-1 in the first game of the Columbia Super Regional.
In its first super regional victory since 2006, LSU (38-22) built a 2-0 lead on a two-RBI single by Allison Falcon in the top of the third and never looked back.
LSU starter Rachele 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.
The visiting Tigers answered in the top of the fifth with three runs that scored on a bases-loaded walk and two hit batters that chased starter Chelsea Thomas (26-8) from the game.
LSU added its final run in the top of the seventh when pinch hitter Cassie Trosclair led off the inning by banging a triple off the left field wall. Morgan Russell then doubled off the top of the wall to drive in the Trosclair.
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.