Feb. 21, 2007
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Hawaii used the long ball to down the Lions in a doubleheader this afternoon. The Rainbow Wahine used a solo home run in the top of the seventh to down LMU 1-0 in the first game, and had six home runs to defeat the Lions 14-1 in the second game. Tiffany Pagano pitched a gem in the first game, striking out 13 and allowing just two hits.
LMU falls to 9-5 on the year while Hawaii improves to 12-2.
Game one was a pitcher's duel from the start. Five of Pagano's first six outs were by strikeout, and Hawaii's Justine Smethurst had four strikeouts through the first three innings.
Chelsie Tysdal broke up Smethurst's no-hitter bid with a single to centerfield in the third, but the Lions couldn't bring her home. LMU's best chance to score came in the fifth inning. With two outs, Megan Ackerman earned a walk and advanced to second when left fielder Brandi Pieler couldn't hang onto Tysdal's fly ball. But with runners at first and second, Kirsten Whitt popped up to keep the game scoreless.
Hawaii broke up Pagano's no-hitter bid with a single in the fifth, but it looked as though the game would be headed to extra innings as the teams took a scoreless game into the seventh inning.
Hawaii's Kate Robinson had other plans, hitting a solo home run over the left field wall to break up the scoreless tie and give Hawaii its first run of the day.
Kylie Conroy singled up the middle to start the bottom of the seventh, but two pop ups and a ground out ended the LMU threat.
Pagano struck out 13 in the loss, allowing one earned run on two hits. She walked three. Smethurst allowed two hits and struck out six for the shutout victory.
Hawaii's bats woke up in the second game, hitting six home runs for the win. Tanisha Milco led off the game with a solo home run, her first of two for the game. The Rainbow Wahine hit three home runs to take a 10-0 lead in the second. UH added another run in the top of the third to go ahead 11-0.
Ackerman led off the bottom of the third with a single and came around to score on Gonzales' RBI single to cut the lead to 11-1.
After a scoreless fourth, Hawaii added three more runs in the fifth.
Melissa Dykema took the loss for the Lions, allowing 10 runs on eight hits with two strikeouts in 2.0 innings. Gonzales finished the game in the circle, allowing three earned runs in 3.0 innings. She struck out two batters.
Courtney Baughman earned the win for Hawaii, allowing one run on four hits with two strikeouts.
The toughest part of LMU's schedule continues tomorrow as the Lions head to Palm Springs to take on BYU and #1 Tennessee in the first day of the Palm Springs Classic.
- GO LIONS! -