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Arizona State Blanks LSU To Advance To WCWS Semifinals

ASU's Alix Johnson. Courtesy of ASU Sports Information.OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Arizona State used three runs in the third and three in fifth to shutout and eliminate LSU, 6-0, on Saturday night at the Women’s College World Series In Oklahoma City.

Alix Johnson led the offensive barrage for Arizona State (53-10) by going 2-for-4, including the three-run home run that opened up the floodgates for the Sun Devils in the third. Sam Parlich also went 2-for-4 in the contest and had one RBI. Parlich’s single in the sixth drove in Haley Steele and allowed Kayla Ketchum to score on an error by LSU’s Ashley Langoni.

After the game, Arizona State head coach Clint Myers talked about his team getting out of a slight offensive slump.

“It’s a start. I think that Alix [Johnson] and Sammy [Parlich] have both been swinging the bats well. We just have to get a few more of the seniors going and I think we will back where we were for 60 ballgames. It is the first step of something very special, we hope."

With the win, Hillary Bach improves to 22-1 on the year after throwing a complete game, three hit shutout in which she walked just one and struck out two. Taking the loss for the Tigers was Rachele Fico who ended her junior campaign at 20-13. Fico pitched the first 4.2 innings of the contest and allowed six runs off of seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

The victory sends Arizona State to the WCWS semifinals for the second consecutive inning where they will take on Oklahoma on Sunday at Noon CT. The Sun Devils would need to beat the Sooners twice in order to advance to the WCWS Chmapionship Series on Monday.  The "If Neccesary" game between the two teams is scheduled for 6 p.m.

For LSU, their Cinderella story ends with a 1-2 record at the WCWS.  The Tigers were just one of two unseeded team in Oklahoma City this year and advanced to their first WCWS since 2004 by taking out eighth-seeded Texas A&M in the regionals and ninth-seeded Missouri in the super regionals.