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Lions Split in Final Day of Tournament

Feb. 10, 2007

ST. GEORGE, Utah - The LMU softball recorded a split in its final day of competition in the BYU/UVSC Red Desert Classic. The Lions scored nine runs in the top of the eighth for a 9-1 win over Southern Utah in the first game of the day before falling to BYU 7-3 in the tournament finale. Kylie Conroy hit two home runs on the day, giving her three for the weekend.

The game against Southern Utah was a pitcher's duel until the eighth inning. With the game tied 0-0 after the first seven innings, the international tie breaker was put into effect and Conroy started the inning placed at second. The Lion offense finally got on track, with back to back doubles from Tracy Cook and Christine Foley. LMU then got three singles in a row from MiaSarah Cesena, Darcy Pagnini and Kirsten Whitt to give the Lions a 5-0 lead.

After two outs, Margo Pineda hit a three-run home run to put the Lions up 8-0, and Conroy followed with a solo home run to make it a 9-0 game.

Southern Utah was only able to score one in the bottom of the eighth to make it a 9-1 final.

Melissa Dykema pitched the complete game win, allowing just one run and striking out five. Foley was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with two doubles.

The Lions took an early lead in game two, scoring a run in the top of the second on a sacrifice fly by Chelsie Tysdal, but the Cougars answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning. BYU tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fourth, and a run in the fifth to go up 6-0.

Conroy hit her second solo home run of the day to make it a 6-2 lead, but BYU scored again in the bottom of the sixth to extend its lead back to five runs, 7-2.

LMU used three singles and a bases loaded walk to Conroy to score its third run of the day, but it would not be enough.

Conroy was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored in the game, while Ackerman and Pagnini added two hits each. Tiffany Pagano took the loss in the circle, walking seven and giving up five hits in 3.2 innings of work.

The Lions return to action on Monday when they open their home schedule against Northern Colorado in a doubleheader starting at 12:00pm at Smith Field.

- GO LIONS!-