“Every win for our team is important,” head coach Beth Torina said. “I thought that was the most aggressive we’ve seen our offense all season. I was really happy to see the players come out the way they did. Ashley, Dylan and Kailey all swung hard, have worked really hard in practice and deserved to have a great night.”
LSU (11-7) plated runs in four of the five innings to end a two-game losing streak. Rachele Fico picked up her sixth win of the season in front of a full house. The junior right-hander tossed four innings and surrendered two runs on four hits, one walk and struck out six.
Meghan Patterson pitched a spotless inning of relief, highlighted by a pair of strikeouts.
“It definitely wasn’t Rachele’s best day, but she still got the win,” Torina said. “She’s been competing hard for us all season. It was nice to see Meghan look sharp and attack the hitters during her inning of relief.”
Langoni and Supak struck for back-to-back home runs with two outs in the first inning to vault LSU to a quick 3-0 lead. For Langoni, it was her team-leading third dinger of the season, while Supak smacked her first career longball.
Nicholls (4-16), playing just its third home game of the season, got on the scoreboard during the second inning. Kat Angeles knocked a single to right field and stole second. Three batters later, Leah Andrus, who suffered the loss on the mound, cranked an RBI single to make it 3-1.
LSU fired back with a run in the third inning as Langoni tallied her third RBI of the game on a single up the middle to push the advantage back to 4-1.
Nicholls responded during the home half of the frame on an Ashley Ray solo home run to draw back to 4-2. Ray’s homer, her fifth of the season, put her in a fourth-place tie with former Patterson High School standout Danielle Clayton on the all-time career home run list with 22. Ray finished the game 2-for-2 with an RBI.
Once again, LSU replied with a run in the fourth inning. Lauren Houston was hit by a pitch and advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch. On a 1-0 offering, Ashleigh Kuhn laced an RBI double to centerfield to place LSU ahead, 5-2.
The Tigers exploded for five runs and batted around the lineup during the fifth inning. A.J. Andrews and Langoni drew walks, while Allison Falcon reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases. It was Falcon’s first game back after missing an eight-game stretch due to injury.
Supak, McCasland and Heidi Pizer laced RBI singles. Kuhn tacked on another run on an RBI groundout for the final margin of 10-2.
“Allison was a little rusty after being out for so long,” Torina said. “She just needs to get more at-bats, and she’ll get back into the swing of things very quickly. I thought Kuhn did a great job; she’s been another one that has been working hard in practice. I thought she deserved the start and definitely made the most of her opportunity.”
On the mound, Andrus lasted four innings for Nicholls. She surrendered 10 runs on seven hits with six walks.
LSU returns home Friday to face Mississippi Valley State and Troy as part of the Purple & Gold Challenge at Tiger Park. Friday’s first pitch is slated for 5 p.m.
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Nicholls will start its conference slate this weekend with two games on Sunday at the University of Texas at Arlington. The games originally were scheduled for Friday and Saturday but have been pushed back to a Sunday doubleheader due to the threat of inclement weather. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.