BATON ROUGE – Sandra Simmons delivered a walkoff RBI single to left field with two outs to vault the No. 12 LSU softball team to a dramatic 3-2 eight-inning victory over No. 4 Alabama Thursday in front of a raucous 1,917 fans at Tiger Park.
With the victory, LSU (38-11, 13-6 SEC) moved a game ahead of the Crimson Tide (40-8, 12-7 SEC) in the SEC Western Division standings. The Tigers have won six straight home decisions over Alabama going back to the 2008 season.
Bianka Bell and Simone Heyward put together a pair of 2-for-3 performances, while Kellsi Kloss provided a two-run home run to spark a seven-hit attack.
Rachele Fico went the distance for the Tigers in the circle and improved to 23-9 on the season. She allowed two runs on six hits and picked up two strikeouts versus four walks. The senior right-hander is now six Ks away from passing fellow All-American Emily Turner for third place on LSU’s all-time list.
Simmons’ heroics were set up by a Heyward leadoff infield single on a chopper to shortstop. LSU kept the rally going as A.J. Andrews drew a four-pitch walk. Jacee Blades reached on a fielder’s choice to put runners on the corners. Alabama elected to fill the bases and issued an intentional walk to Bell.
Two batters later, Simmons cranked a 1-2 offering that defected off the glove off a diving Danae Hays from her shortstop post and squirted into left field which enabled Heyward to race home with the game-winner.