Feb. 9, 2007
ST. GEORGE, Utah - LMU got home runs from Kylie Conroy, Margo Pineda, Tracy Cook and Megan Ackerman to help sweep a pair of games in the BYU/UVSC Red Desert Classic in St. George, Utah today. Conroy hit her first LMU home run to help the Lions to a 6-1 win over Utah Valley State for the team's first victory of the season. Pineda, Cook and Ackerman each hit home runs in the second game of the day to lead LMU to a 9-1 five inning win over Idaho State.
LMU scored its first run of the season in the first inning against Utah Valley State. Kirsten Slouber reached base on an error and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. She advanced to third on a single by Pineda, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Conroy.
The Lions added to their lead in the bottom of the third. Christine Foley doubled in her first career LMU at-bat and advanced to third on a wild pitch. She came home on a ground-rule double by Slouber. After Pineda walked to put runners at first and second, Conroy hit her first LMU home run to right center to put the Lions up 4-0.
UVSC took advantage of a walk, two LMU errors and a wild pitch to score its only run of the day in the top of the sixth. The Lions added a sixth run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Pineda laid down a bunt single to lead off the inning and stole second base. She advanced to third on a fly ball and scored on an error by the Wolverines.
Melissa Dykema picked up her first Lion victory, going the distance and allowing just four hits and one unearned run. She struck out seven and walked one.
Pineda was 2-for-2 at the plate with two runs scored, while Conroy was 1-for-2 with four RBI and a run scored. Slouber was 1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
The offense continued in the second game of the day against Idaho State. The Lions came out swinging, scoring runs in all four innings. Pineda hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first to give LMU a quick 1-0 lead.
Cook led off the bottom of the second with a solo home run. The Lions tacked on five more runs in the bottom of the third. Kirsten Whitt led off the inning with a ground-rule double. Ackerman hit a two-RBI home run to center field to put LMU up 4-0. Back to back hits by Pineda and Conroy put two runners on base, and they both scored on an error by Idaho State. The fifth LMU run of the inning came in on an RBI single by Foley to give the Lions a 9-0 lead.
The Bengals were able to get on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth, but it was not enough to keep the mercy rule from being invoked. With a 9-1 lead LMU heading into the bottom of the fifth, the game ended.
Tiffany Pagano earned her first win of the season, allowing one run on three hits and five walks, while striking out seven in 5.0 innings of work. Ackerman was 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored, while Pineda was perfect on the day, going 2-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored. Cook and Foley both recorded one RBI.
For the day, Pineda was a perfect 4-for-4 with four runs scored and a home run.
LMU improves to 2-1 on the season, and will wrap up play in the Red Desert Classic on Saturday with games against Southern Utah and BYU.
- GO LIONS! -