Feb. 18, 2007
LAS CRUCES, NM - LMU softball's winning streak extended to six games before it was snapped in the Lions' final game of the Troy Cox Classic. LMU started the day with a five-inning 13-4 win over Texas-Arlington before falling to the host New Mexico State Aggies, 8-6 in the tournament finale. Kirsten Slouber was 5-for-8 on the day with four doubles.
The Lions (9-3) scored early and often against UTA. Slouber led off the game with a double, followed by a single by Tiffany Gonzales set up RBIs by Margo Pineda, Tracy Cook and Christine Foley to give the Lions a 3-0 lead in the top of the first.
LMU added four more runs in the top of the second, with runs driven in by Pineda, Kylie Conroy, Cook and Foley.
UTA got on the board in the bottom of the second with a solo home run, but the LMU offense kept rolling. A walk to Pineda set the stage for Foley's RBI double, and she came around to score on Megan Ackerman's RBI single, putting LMU ahead 9-1 in the top of the fourth.
Texas-Arlington cut the lead to 9-4 with three runs in the bottom of the fourth, but LMU put the game out of reach with four runs in the top of the fifth. All four runs were unearned, but Foley hit her second RBI double of the game, driving in her fourth run of the day. Chelsie Tysdal also brought home a run with a sacrifice fly.
A scoreless bottom of the fifth by UTA ended the game with a 13-4 LMU victory. Foley continued her hot hitting, going 3-for-4 with four RBI, and Pineda was 2-for-3 with four runs scored and two RBI. Slouber was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, and Cook drove home two runs and scored twice. Melissa Dykema picked up her fifth win of the season, allowing four runs on six hits with three strikeouts and two walks in 5.0 innings.
LMU's six game winning streak came to an end against the host Aggies.
NMSU took advantage of three walks and a single in the first inning to score first, going ahead 1-0. LMU tied things up in the bottom of the second on an RBI double by Slouber. The Aggies regained the lead again in the top of the third, using two walks and an RBI double to take a 2-1 lead.
The Lions responded in the bottom of the third to tie things up again, with Ackerman bringing home Conroy with an RBI single. Walks continued to help the Aggies, as they took went ahead 4-2 in the top of the fourth. A walk set the stage for a two-run home run.
LMU would continue to battle, taking its first lead with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Cesena led off the inning with a single, and was followed by Slouber who hit her third double in as many at-bats. Both runners came into score on a two-RBI single up the middle by Gonzales. She scored on Pineda's RBI single as the Lions took the 5-4 lead.
NMSU tied it up in the fifth, and took a 7-5 lead with two runs in the top of the sixth. The potent LMU offense was silent in the fifth and sixth innings, going down 1-2-3. The Aggies added another run in the top of the seventh to take an 8-5 lead.
The Lions set the stage for a comeback in the bottom of the seventh. Conroy led off with a single, and advanced to third on a double by Cook. Conroy scored on a wild pitch, cutting the lead to 8-6. With Cook at third base, Ackerman drew a walk to give the Lions runners on the corners with one out. However, a popup by Tysdal and a strikeout by Cesena ended the LMU rally and the Lions dropped the 8-6 decision.
Dykema took the loss, her first of the season, as she falls to 5-1. She allowed six earned runs on 10 hits with five walks. LMU starter Tiffany Pagano pitched just one inning, allowing one run on one hit with three walks and two strikeouts.
Slouber was 3-for-4, and all three hits were doubles. She also drove in a run and scored once. Conroy and Cook both had two hits, and Gonzales drove in two runs.
Pineda pushed her hitting streak to nine games. After an 0-for-2 day in the season opener, she has recorded a hit in every other game she has played this season.
Foley's hot streak came to an end with an 0-for-4 outing. In the first four games of the Troy Cox Classic, the freshman first baseman hit .786 (11-for-14) with four doubles and 10 RBI.
The Lions return to action on Wednesday, hosting Hawaii at Smith Field for a doubleheader starting at noon.
- GO LIONS! -