MOBILE, Ala. — LSU’s pitching staff gave up season highs of 12 runs and 15 hits Wednesday as South Alabama ripped the Tigers 12-5 in nonconference softball action.
The No. 25-ranked Jaguars (28-5) used a balanced offensive attack, as eight players collected hits and picked up RBIs. Haley Fagan was 4-for-4 with three runs and an RBI. Meghan Collins and Blair Johnson added a pair of RBIs to fuel South Alabama, which chased LSU starter Rachele Fico after 2.2 innings.
Fico (16-5) gave up seven runs on eight hits. LSU (28-7) replaced her with Ashley Czechner and Meghan Patterson.
“I don’t really have an answer for tonight’s performance,” coach Beth Torina said. “We didn’t pitch well, we didn’t play good defense and we struggled to swing the bats. At the same time, a lot of credit goes to South Alabama. They’re a solid team that came out and really took the momentum. The one positive that we can take away from this game is that we didn’t give up, and we continued to fight. No doubt we have a lot of work to do before we take the field again on Saturday.”
Trailing 11-0 in the fifth inning, the 13th-ranked Tigers put together a rally to extend the game as Tammy Wray and Simone Heyward drew walks in between Lauren Houston being hit by a pitch to fill the bases.
Jacee Blades, who went 2-for-4, legged out an infield single and slid around the tag attempt by the South Alabama first baseman to bring in LSU’s first run.
Bianka Bell followed with a grand slam to pull the Tigers back within 11-5. The four RBIs for Bell are a career-high.
The Jaguars added a run on an Alex Breeden RBI groundout during the bottom of the inning for the final margin of 12-5.
LSU returns to action with at 1 p.m. Saturday doubleheader against Samford.