March 9, 2006
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU picked up a pair of wins in day three of the LMU Tournament this afternoon at Smith Field. The Lions saw another pair of phenomenal pitching performances, and got some late inning heroics to pull out a 2-1 win over Virginia. The bats heated up in the third inning against the University of Pennsylvania, as the Lions defeated the Quakers 10-0 in five innings. Krystal Kehr allowed just one hit to pick up her first shutout of the year.
Virginia took an early lead on the Lions. Elea Crockett singled up the middle to start the game, and advanced to second on a passed ball. She advanced to third base on a ground out, and scored on a shallow single to left field by Sara Larquier.
The Lions would get the run back in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Hillaree Bennett drew a walk and advanced to second when Virginia centerfielder Jessica Taylor couldn't hold on to Tracy Cook's fly ball. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch by UVA starter Karla Wilburn. Brittany Bassett dropped a single just inside the right field line, scoring Bennett and tying the game with the unearned run.
Once the Lions tied the game, LMU starter Tiffany Pagano was dominating. She allowed just two hits past the fourth inning, and struck out the side in the top of the sixth. In the top of the seventh, she struck out Erin Horn for the first out. Lindsey Preuss reached base on a single, but was out at second on a fielder's choice. With two outs and a runner at first, Chelsie Tysdsal threw out Whitney Holstun trying to steal second base for the third out of the inning.
With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Tysdal singled up the middle to get the rally started. With two outs, Kirsten Whitt hit a high ball to right center field that scored Tysdal from first to give the Lions the 2-1 victory.
Pagano struck out nine batters and allowed just one walk to pick up her third win in three days. She allowed five hits and one unearned run. Madi Gore suffered the loss for Virginia, allowing one run on four hits in 2.2 innings of relief.
The Lions had seven hits scattered among seven players. Preuss was the only player in the game with multiple hits, going 2-for-3.
In the final game of the day, the Lion offense was cold for two innings, but heated up in the third. The Lions exploded for 10 runs in the bottom of the third inning, including back to back home runs by Kirsten Slouber and Margo Pineda. A Penn error kept the inning going, and the Quakers allowed six unearned runs.
Slouber finished the game 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored. Pineda was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Whitt was a perfect 2-for-2 in game two, with two RBI and two runs scored.
Kehr was fantastic in the circle, allowing just one hit with no walks in 5.0 innings of work. She struck out four, including the side in the second inning.
In action earlier in the day, Cal State Northridge defeated Penn 10-2, and took advantage of a huge Virginia error in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Cavaliers, 5-4.
LMU improves to 14-9 with its sixth straight win, while Penn falls to 4-4. Virginia finished the day with a 13-7 record.
The LMU tournament continues on Friday, with LMU taking on the Quakers for the fourth time this week in the opening game at 9:00am. Penn will play its final game of the tournament against Loyola-Chicago at 11:00am, and the Ramblers will face Cal State Northridge at 1:00pm. LMU and Cal State Northridge will face off in the day's final game at 3:00pm.
- GO LIONS! -