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Lions Struggle With Sooners

Feb. 23, 2007

Box Score

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - No. 10 Oklahoma scored six runs in the second inning on its way to a 10-0 win over LMU in action at the Palm Springs Classic today. Kirsten Slouber was 2-for-2 and reached base three times, but the Lions struggled at the plate and did not score.

LMU starter Melissa Dykema started the game well, sitting down the first three OU batters in order, but the second inning was another story. The Sooners' offense got heated up, as the first five batters of the inning reached base. Tiffany Pagano relieved Dykema, but Oklahoma scored six runs in the inning to take the lead.

Pagano retired the side in the third, and it looked like the Lions would get a run across in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, Slouber doubled to right center. J.J. Hartung followed by earning a walk, and a single by Margo Pineda loaded the bases. However, Kylie Conroy flied out to end the threat.

The Sooners added another four runs in the top of the fourth, including a three-run home run, to seal up the win. The Lions had players on base in the fourth and fifth inning, but could not string together the hits to bring them home.

Slouber was 2-for-2 in the leadoff spot with a walk, and Cook and Pineda had hits for the Lions. Dykema took the loss, allowing five runs on three hits with two walks in 1.0 inning. Pagano allowed three runs on just one hit, but walked four and struck out three in 2.0 innings. Tiffany Gonzales finished the game in the circle for the Lions, allowing two runs on three hits in 2.0 innings of work.

The Lions (10-7) wrap up play at the Palm Springs Classic on Saturday when they face Long Island and Maryland.