March 9, 2007
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Melissa Dykema's first career no-hitter was perfect, as the freshman pitcher retired all 15 batters she faced in LMU's 10-0 five inning win over Beloit. The Lions followed that up with another 10-0 five inning win over Dakota Wesleyan in day one of the LMU Tournament. Four players hit home runs on the day.
LMU improves to 16-11 with the sweep and will face Tennessee-Martin twice on Saturday to wrap up the LMU Tournament.
The Lions scored early and often against Beloit. Kirsten Slouber led off the game with a single and came around to score on an error to give the Lions a 1-0 lead in the first. LMU added to its lead with a two-run home run by Chelsie Tysdal in the bottom of the second.
A two run home run by Christine Foley, followed by another two run home run by Slouber extended the Lion lead to 7-0 after four innings. Megan Ackerman ended the game with a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth to force the mercy rule and give the Lions a 10-0 win.
Dykema was strong in the win, striking out five for her first career perfect game. The freshman forced eight ground balls and two fly outs for the shutout. It was her first shutout of the season.
LMU continued to dominate in the second game against Dakota Wesleyan. After a scoreless first inning, the Lions scored four in the bottom of the second. Kylie Conroy led off the inning with a triple and came in to score on a fielder's choice by Tracy Cook. Kirsten Whitt drove in two runs with a double to centerfield, and Slouber drove in another run with a single to centerfield.
The Lions extended their lead to 10-0 with six runs in the bottom of the third. LMU got RBIs from Cook, Ackerman, Tysdal, Slouber and Margo Pineda.
Tiffany Pagano kept Dakota Wesleyan hitters under control, striking out eight in 4.0 innings. She allowed two hits in the second inning, but responded by striking out two batters to keep the Tigers off the board. DWU managed another hit in the third, but a double play and a strikeout ended the threat.
Tiffany Gonzales finished things off in the circle for the Lions, striking out two of the three batters she faced.
For the day, the Lions hit .370 as a team, and allowed the opponents to hit just .094. Slouber led LMU with four hits, going 4-for-6 with a home run and five RBI. Foley was 3-for-4 and every hit was an extra base hit (2 doubles, 1 home run). Ackerman was 3-for-6 with a home run and four RBI, and Tysdal was 1-for-2 with three runs scored and three RBI.
LMU returns to action on Saturday as the Lions wrap up play at the LMU Tournament with a doubleheader against Tennessee-Martin. The action begins at noon.
In earlier games of the LMU Tournament, Dakota Wesleyan defeated Beloit 2-0, and Tennessee-Martin downed Dakota Wesleyan 9-0 in six innings.
- GO LIONS! -