6-2-2012 Arizona State and LSU game notes

2012 WCWS Attendance Notes

Through Saturday, June 2

 

• Through five sessions of this year’s WCWS, the total attendance is 43,407. That’s 2,710 more fans than last year’s 40,697 attendance at the same stage of the tournament. (Last year’s event set a total attendance record — 67,631.)

 

• This year’s average session attendance is 8,681. The existing per-session record for an entire WCWS is 7,515 (set last year).

 

• Individual session attendance records have been set in each of this year’s five sessions.

 

• Prior to this year, the single-session attendance record was 9,080 (Session 5 in 2010). That mark has been broken twice in this year’s event (9,209 in last night’s Session 3; 9,310 in tonight’s Session 5).

 

• This year’s 43,407 five-session attendance figure is already higher than the total attendance figure of 24 of the previous 30 WCWS’s.

 

Game 9: Arizona State 6, LSU 0

 

  • Arizona State defeated LSU 6-0 in Game 9 of the Women’s College World Series and will advance to play Oklahoma in the WCWS semifinals on Sunday at noon CT. LSU was eliminated.

 

  • Arizona State improved to 18-14 all-time in the WCWS with the win. This is ASU’s 10th appearance in the event.

 

  • ASU improved to 9-4 all-time against LSU, dating back to 1982 (includes 10 postseason meetings). The last time the two teams met was in 2009 when ASU took two of three games in the NCAA Regional hosted in Tempe, Ariz.

 

  • ASU’s six runs were the most scored by one team in this year’s WCWS.

 

  • ASU’s Alix Johnson hit a three-run homer to give ASU a 3-0 lead in the third inning. The home run was her 13th of the season and first this postseason.

 

  • Johnson is one of six Arizona State players who have hit at least 10 home runs this year. LSU finished its season with 13 homers (Ashley Langoni hit a team-high six).

 

  • ASU senior pitcher Hillary Bach improved to 22-1 on the year after allowing four hits and one walk (struck out two) in the complete game effort. She owns a 12-3 career postseason record (3-0 this year).

 

  • Bach is a combined 32-1 the last two years. Her only loss this season was to Cal on May 11. Bach’s last loss before the Cal game was to Florida on May 29, 2010, in Super Regional play.

 

  • ASU is 4-0 in elimination games during the 2012 NCAA tournament. The Sun Devils have outscored their opponents 27-2 in those games.

 

  • LSU finished the season 40-25 overall. It fell to 42-28 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and to 6-6 in WCWS play.

 

  • The 6-0 loss for the Tigers represented their largest margin of defeat since losing to Florida State, 8-1, on April 18.

 

  • Saturday’s loss was the first time in 10 games that LSU failed to score a run.  The last time LSU was shut out was on May 10 when the Tigers lost to then-No. 7 Florida, 1-0.

 

  • LSU was shut out 12 times this season, and seven of those games were against top-10 opponents.  In five of those 12 shutouts, LSU lost by one run.

 

  • LSU outfielder Simone Heyward recorded her second multi-hit game of the season as she produced two singles tonight. She has 13 multi-hit games in her career.

 

LSU pitcher Rachel Fico surrendered a three-run home run in the third inning. It marked the first multi-run homer she has allowed this season. The previous eight long balls she gave up were solo shots,

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