LOUISIANA STATE Tigers
Overall Record: 40-24
Conference: Southeastern (5th, 15-13)
Head Coach: Beth Torina

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NO. 3 ARIZONA STATE Sun Devils
Overall Record: 52-10
Conference: Pac-12 (2nd, 18-4)
   Head Coach: Clint Myers

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN THE TIGERS AND SUN DEVILS MEET

Venue: ASA Hall of Fame Stadium
Game Time: 7 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN / ESPN3 
Announcers:
   Beth Mowins (play by play)
   Jessica Mendoza (color)
   Holly Rowe (field reporter)

Who to Watch for the Tigers:  DP Ashley Applegate, .214, 19 R, 6 RBI; P Rachele Fico, 20-12, 0.96 ERA, 219 K; Ashley Lagoni, .270, 33 R, 31 RBI

Who to Watch for the Sun Devils: SS Katelyn Boyd, .433, 77 R, 19 HR, 61 RBI; CF Elizabeth Caporuscio, .318, 16 HR, 51 RBI; P Dallas Escobedo, 24-7, 2.25 ERA, 229 K

IN THE 2012 POSTSEASON

Louisiana State
Regional
    def. Texas State, 1-0 [ Box ]
    def. Texas A&M, 2-0 [ Box ]
    def. Texas A&M, 2-1 [ Box ]
Super Regional
    def. No. 8 Missouri, 6-1 [ Box ]
    lost to No. 8 Missouri, 5-1 [ Box ]
    def. No. 8 Missouri, 3-1 [ Box ]
Women’s College World Series
     lost to No. 1 California, 5-3 [ Box ] [ Recap ] [ Video ]
     def. South Florida, 1-0 [ Box ] [ Recap ] [ Video ]

Feature: LSU ready to write next chapter in script

Arizona State
Regional
    def. LIU Brooklyn, 9-0 (5 inn.) [ Box ]
    def. Syracuse, 3-1 [ Box ]
    lost to Syracuse, 1-0 [ Box ]
    def. Syracuse, 4-0 [ Box ]
Super Regional
    lost to No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette, 6-0 [ Box ]
    def. No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette, 9-2 [ Box ]
    def. No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette, 8-0 (6 inn.) [ Box ]
Women’s College World Series
   def. No. 11 Oregon, 3-1 [ Box ] [ Recap ] [ Video ]
   lost to No. 2 Alabama, 2-1 [ Box ] [ Recap ] [ Video ]

Feature: Young guns helping to lead Arizona State

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Arizona State looks to get bats hot against Tigers

'Whatever it takes.' 

That's the motto LSU has had all year and that 'it' was a bit of luck Saturday, enough to move the Tigers past South Florida and keep its season alive for at least one more game. Known for it's unique rally items -- a phone, a soccer ball, a shoe tied on top of 1B Heidi Pizer's head -- LSU rallied again, showing its resolve one more time as it scrapped out a sixth-inning run for a 1-0 victory. 

LSU vs. Arizona State
 
Batting Average .220 .327
Home Runs 13 88
Runs Per Game 3.1 6.8
Stolen Bases 74 57
ERA 1.51 2.03

An error on a long fly to the wall in right center started the rally. AJ Andrews, who reached after being hit by a pitch, advanced to third on the play before scoring on a sacrifice fly -- to shortstop. The speedster tagged up unexpectedly and easily touched the plate, sliding under the tag after a close throw from Kourtney Salvarola barely 60 feet away.

Now, the Tigers get to try to keep it rolling by facing a team that knows a little about adversity too. And about winning.

Defending national champion Arizona State lost a thriller Friday night against Alabama. The Sun Devils have had just three hits in each of their two games in Oklahoma City, leaving coach Clint Myers without an answer.

"If you've got an answer to that, I'll take it. But we've got to barrel it up," Myers said following the game. "Just looking at the box score, [Alabama's Jackie Traina] struck out 11. Again, that's a high number for us. So, I mean she did a great job. We just didn't handle it."

Despite the setback, the Sun Devils are not in unfamiliar territory. They also lost once in each of the first two weekends of the postseason. Following the defeat by Louisiana-Lafayette in Game 1 of the super regional, ASU came back to blast eight home runs in the two games the next day.  

It was a sign to Myers that his team had that same kind of resolve its opponent in Saturday's 7 p.m. ET game showed to stay in contention for the title.

"We're not dead. We just didn't play well," Myers said. "Again, it's something that we've had great resiliency, both in the regionals and the super regionals and we're anticipating coming back and trying to be ourselves.

"Again, we make no excuses. I mean, we talked about it [Friday]. We’ve got to play Arizona State softball and go from there."

LSU will likely come back with Rachele Fico in the circle as it tries to fight it's way into another day of play. Fico leads the country in pitching with a 0.96 ERA. It's a mystifying number considering her 12 losses, although they did include seven shutouts when the Tiger offense failed to produce. 

Arizona State, despite its lackluster hitting performance in OKC so far, has plenty of pop to counter. All-Americans Katelyn Boyd (.433, 19 HR, 61 RBI) and Alix Johnson (.400, 12 HR, 50 RBI) lead eight Sun Devils hitting at least .300 this season.  

                                                                                                               -- Jerry Trickie, NCAA.com

LSU QUICK HITS
► LSU has now used 47 different lineup combinations in its 64 games during 2012. The 1-8 spots in Saturday's first game had been used before, but Heidi Pizer batting in the 9 spot and playing first base made it a new combination.

► The USF contest marked LSU’s first game in the month of June. During the Tigers' previous two WCWS appearances, the championship game was played Memorial Day.

► Before Saturday's first game, LSU’s Alex Boulet was honored as the NCAA’s Elite 89 honoree for Division I softball. The award is presented to the athlete with the highest grade-point average participating in each of the 89 championships. Boulet has a 3.986 GPA in mathematics. 

► Since March 9, A.J. Andrews has recorded 27 of her 31 hits this season, scored 17 of 20 runs and recorded 14 of a team-leading 15 stolen bases.

► Defensively, LSU had been errorless in 20 of its last 33 outings since March 23, but that trend did not continue against USF. The Tigers posted the 1-0 victory despite two errors on the same play.

ARIZONA STATE QUICK HITS
► ASU’s loss to Alabama on Friday night snapped a six-game winning streak at the WCWS, dating back to 2009. 

► In both of the program’s championships (2008, 2011), the Sun Devils went through the WCWS undefeated.

► ASU’s three hits on Friday night tied its second-lowest hit total of the season. The Sun Devils were also held to three hits in Thursday’s first-round win against Oregon and in a Feb. 10 loss to McNeese State. 

► ASU’s three hits on Friday night tied its second-lowest hit total of the season. The Sun Devils were also held to three hits in Thursday’s first-round win against Oregon and in a Feb. 10 loss to McNeese State.

► Arizona State holds an 8-4 all-time record against LSU. The teams have not met this season.