Oxford native Rachele Fico added more highlights to her stellar college softball career as she pitched two straight shutouts in the past two days to help her Louisiana State University softball team secure key victories in the NCAA Div. 1 College Station Regional in Texas.
Fico, a junior, notched a 2-0 victory over the No. 8 nationally ranked team, Texas A&M, during Saturday’s winner’s bracket game. LSU, 27th ranked team in the country, will play again at 1 p.m. today (Sunday, May 20). The game will be carried live on ESPN3.com.
On Saturday, Fico stranded three runners in scoring position during the first three innings, according to www.lsusports.net, the website for the sports information office at LSU. But Fico didn’t let a runner get past first for the rest of the game as she put the finishing touches on her 13th shutout of the season, the LSU sports information staff reports.
Fico, who is 18-11 on the season, was recently named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s all south regional first team, according to the LSU sports information office, which says Fico's 0.98 ERA is second-lowest in the nation.
Fico was a star pitcher for Masuk High School in Monroe and is widely considered one of the best pitchers in Connecticut high school softball history.