Feb. 12, 2007
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Tiffany Pagano's no-hitter in game one propelled LMU to a doubleheader sweep over Northern Colorado in the team's home opener this afternoon at Smith Field. Pagano struck out 13 to lead the Lions to a 4-0 win in game one, and Kylie Conroy's two run home run in the bottom of the sixth helped LMU come from behind for a 5-4 game two win.
Game one was dominated by Pagano. She struck out the side swinging in the second and fifth innings, finishing the day with 13 strikeouts. She walked three batters and hit one with a pitch but kept her composure throughout the game.
Conroy gave Pagano all of the offense that she would need when she hit a two-run home run to left field in the bottom of the fourth inning. J.J. Hartung led off the inning with a walk, and came home on Conroy's homer.
The Lions added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Kirsten Whitt led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch. After a strikeout, Tracy Cook reached base on an error, but drove home Whitt on the play. Cook later came around to score on an RBI single by Conroy to put the Lions ahead 4-0.
In game one, Conroy was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with three RBI. She had three of LMU's five hits.
LMU scored first in game two, taking advantage of a Northern Colorado error to take a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by Megan Ackerman. The Bears finally got their first run of the day in the top of the fourth inning, as Alyse Kochenberger came around to score on Casey Hogue's RBI triple.
The Lions regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth on a solo home run by MiaSarah Cesena, her first of the year.
Northern Colorado took its first lead of the day, scoring three unearned runs in the top of the fifth to go up 4-1. Hillarie VanOtterloo drove home two of the runs with a double to centerfield.
Down 4-2, the Lions showed heart by coming back in the bottom of the sixth. Cook led off the inning with a single through the left side, and Conroy hit her second two run blast of the day to straight away centerfield to tie the game, 4-4. LMU had runners at first and third with two outs, but Whitt struck out to end the threat.
The Lions used a strikeout by Melissa Dykema and fantastic defense in the top of the seventh to keep the game tied. Cesena dove to rob Laura Christianson of a hit to shallow left field, and Conroy made a diving stab to stop a ball from getting through the infield for the third out of the inning.
Kirsten Slouber led off the bottom of the seventh with a bunt single. The throw to first was wild, allowing the sophomore outfielder to take second base. A perfect sacrifice bunt by Ackerman moved Slouber to third base. Cook hit a ground ball to the shortstop who threw home to try to beat Slouber from third, but the catcher couldn't hold on to the ball, allowing Slouber to score and giving the Lions the 5-4 win.
Dykema allowed one earned run on six hits with no walks and eight strikeouts for her third win of the season. Slouber and Cesena finished the game with two hits, and Conroy drove in two runs.
The Lions return to action next weekend at the Troy Cox Classic hosted by New Mexico State.
- GO LIONS! -