March 5, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The LMU softball team dropped a disappointing 3-2 decision to UTEP before rebounding with a thrilling 3-2 extra-inning win over UC Riverside in the final day of the University of San Diego Tournament on Sunday. Christine Foley drove in the game-winning run against the Highlanders.
The Lions improve to 14-11 after going 1-2 at the USD Tournament.
LMU defeated UTEP 11-0 in the first meeting of the year between the schools in the New Mexico State Tournament, but things wouldn't go as smoothly in San Diego. The Lions took an early 1-0 lead after Kirsten Slouber singled, stole second base, and scored on an error.
UTEP scored two in the top of the third, but LMU tied it up with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Foley drew an RBI walk after LMU loaded the bases with no outs, but one run was all that the Lions could get in the inning.
The Miners answered with a two-run home run in the top of the fifth to retake the lead, 4-2. LMU cut it to one run in the sixth, as back to back singles by Foley and J.J. Hartung set up an RBI single by MiaSarah Cesena to make it a 4-3 game. But that's as close as the Lions would get, as they failed to score in the bottom of the seventh.
The Lions outhit UTEP, 8-7. Tiffany Pagano took the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits in 6.0 innings. Cesena was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
LMU faced UC Riverside in the final game of the tournament. It was the third time in five days that the two teams played, after splitting a pair of one-run extra inning games on Wednesday. Sunday's game was just as close, as the teams needed extra innings again to determine a winner.
LMU got the first run in the top of the second, as Tracy Cook singled to lead off the inning and came home on a Kirsten Whitt RBI single. The Highlanders answered right back with a run in the bottom of the inning.
The game remained 1-1 until the seventh inning. Margo Pineda scored on an RBI single by Kylie Conroy to give the Lions a brief 2-1 lead. But two errors in the bottom of the seventh allowed UCR to tie things up with an unearned run and force extra innings.
With a runner placed at second base, the Lions executed a sacrifice bunt, and took the lead on an RBI single by Foley.
Melissa Dykema sat the Highlanders down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the eighth to preserve the win. She allowed one earned run on eight hits with one walk and seven strikeouts.
Slouber, Pineda and Conroy had two hits each for LMU.
The Lions will resume action on Friday as they host the LMU Tournament. Action starts on Friday at 9:00am, and will conclude with a doubleheader between LMU and Tennessee-Martin on Saturday at noon.