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Lions Split Pair of Nailbiters

Feb. 28, 2007

Box Score

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Extra innings were needed to decide both games of today's doubleheader between LMU and UC Riverside, with the Lions earning a 3-2 win in the opener, and the Highlanders taking the second game, 4-3. Margo Pineda had four hits in the doubleheader and drove in the game-winner in game one.

The Lions took an early lead in game one, as back to back doubles by seniors Pineda and Kylie Conroy gave LMU a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. The Highlanders responded with a solo home run by Marissa Alvidrez in the top of the second.

J.J. Hartung singled to lead off the inning, and the Lions took advantage of two UCR errors to take the 2-1 lead. UCR tied things up again in the top of the fourth with an RBI double by Alvidrez.

The game remained tied, 2-2, until the bottom of the eighth. With a runner placed at second, Pineda ended the game with an RBI single to give LMU a 3-2 win.

Melissa Dykema earned the win in the circle, allowing two earned runs on five hits. She struck out a career-high 12 batters and walked three. Pineda was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run.

Tracy Cook gave the Lions a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, and the score remained 1-0 until the top of the seventh. The Highlanders scored two to take a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the inning.

Cook led off the bottom of the inning with a double and advanced to third on a single by Christine Foley. Pinch runner Hartung replaced Cook at third, and MiaSarah Cesena's RBI single tied the game and forced extra innings for the second straight game.

Dykema replaced game two starter Tiffany Pagano in the top of the eighth, and the Highlanders took advantage of the new pitcher, bringing home two runs to take a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the eighth.

Unfortunately, the Lions were unable to complete the comeback. With Kirsten Whitt placed at second, the Lions loaded the bases with one out. A fielder's choice made it two outs with the bases loaded. During the next at-bat, the ball got away from UCR catcher Cassie Greenawalt, and Tiffany Gonzales broke from third base towards home plate. Greenawalt was able to recover the ball and throw out the runner at home plate for the final out of the game.

Pagano shut out UCR through the first six innings, and finished the game with 11 strikeouts. She allowed two runs on four hits and four walks. Dykema allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits with a strikeout in the final inning of the game.

LMU outhit UCR 11-6, but was unable to string the hits together to score more runs. Cook was 2-for-4 with a home run, and Pineda was 2-for-4.

LMU improves to 13-9 on the season.

The Lions will get another chance at UC Riverside this weekend when they participate in the University of San Diego Tournament. LMU will face Memphis and UTEP on Saturday, and familiar faces UTEP and UCR on Sunday.