In only four seasons Beth Torina has steered LSU softball to the Women's College World Series twice, equaling the number of times the trick had been turned in the program prior to her arrival.
The Tigers' most recent ticket to Oklahoma City was punched late Sunday afternoon as the Bayou Bengals completed a two-game Super Regional sweep of Arizona (41-20), dusting off the Wildcats 10-5 after shutting their Pac 12 foes out 8-0 in Saturday's opener at Tiger Park.
"I feel like starting back in the fall this team was on a mission. They worked so hard, and they truly earned this moment today," Torina told reporters afterward. "If they had won or lost, I still would have been so proud to be the coach of this team. I truly have enjoyed every minute with these girls this year. It has flown by because of how much I’ve enjoyed it, and I’m just so proud to be their coach today."
No. 8 LSU (50-12) cranked out 12 hits in Sunday's victory, with three coming from junior infielder Sandra Simmons, who finished her big day with five RBIs, tying a program postseason record.
Freshman pitching standout Allie Walljasper ran her season record to 15-5, allowing just two earned runs in 4.1 innings of work to start the ballgame.
As for the rewards LSU has reaped, the Tigers will lead off WCWS play Thursday afternoon versus Auburn (1:30 p.m. CT, ESPN) inside OGE Energy Field.
In total five members of the SEC will crash the final eight in OKC, including all four teams on LSU's side of the bracket - Auburn, Florida and Tennessee. The conference's fifth squad, Alabama, will contest its first game versus Michigan.
Rounding out the WCWS field are UCLA and Oregon, which will play one another in the nightcap of four consecutive games Thursday.
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LSU headed to SEC-heavy WCWS
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