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Softball Split At Smith

March 10, 2006

Box Score

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - On a rain shortened day, the Lions earned a split in a pair of games, defeating Penn 8-1 in the day's opener but falling to Loyola Chicago 7-2 in the day's finale. The offense continued to raise its numbers against the Quakers, but mistakes cost the Lions against the Ramblers. Kirsten Slouber and Brittany Bassett hit home runs on the day to help LMU extend its winning streak to seven games before it was snapped in the final game of the day.

Home runs were LMU's offensive weapons of choice in game one, as the first four runs of the game came on a pair of two-run home runs. After a scoreless first two innings, Kirsten Whitt walked to lead off the top of the third inning. Slouber followed behind and hit her fourth home run of the season. All four home runs have come in this week's LMU Tournament.

LMU added another pair of runs in the top of the fourth. Megan Ackerman doubled off the centerfield wall to start the inning, and Bassett followed behind her with a two-run home run to left center to put LMU ahead 4-0. It was Bassett's third home run of the season, and all three homers came this week in the LMU Tournament.

The Quakers got a run back in the bottom of the sixth, but the Lions strung together several hits to add four insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Slouber started the inning with a single up the middle. After an out, Hillaree Bennett was walked and Slouber advanced to second. Darcy Pagnini singled to right field, sending Slouber home from second base. A ground out scored Bennett from third, and Pagnini advanced to second. Bassett was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Tracy Cook. The sophomore first baseman doubled to right center, driving home two runs.

At the start of the seventh inning, the rain started to fall, and the inning was delayed approximately 15 minutes following Cook's double to put LMU ahead 8-1.

Krystal Kehr shut down the Quakers in the bottom of the seventh in relief to give the Lions the victory. Samantha Lavino earned the win, allowing one earned run on six hits and one walk with five strikeouts in 6.0 innings. Michelle Rehm took the loss for Penn, allowing two runs on four hits in 2.0 innings of work.

Slouber continues to shine offensively for LMU, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, including a home run. Bassett also had two hits, going 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored with a home run. Pineda and MiaSarah Cesena had two hits for LMU.

Loyola Chicago and Penn faced off in the second game of the day, and the Ramblers handed the Quakers their sixth loss of the tournament, 6-1. Following the game, the remaining schedule was altered with the threat of rain. The last two games of the day were cancelled, and LMU took on Loyola Chicago in the day's third game.

The Lions started out well. Starter Tiffany Pagano struck out the side in the top of the first, and the Lions took a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Slouber led off the game with a hit and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. She scored from second on Bennett's RBI single.

But in the second inning, the Lions struggled defensively. Two errors on top of a walk and two hit batters plus mental mistakes gave Loyola five runs on two hits in the top of the second inning.

Another pair of LMU errors helped the Ramblers score another unearned run in the top of the fourth and put Loyola Chicago ahead 6-1. They added a seventh run in the top of the seventh to go ahead 7-1.

The Lions took advantage of a LUC error in the bottom of the seventh with a two-out rally, but time ran out for the Lions and they were only able to add one more run.

Pagano suffered the loss for the Lions, allowing five earned runs on six hits with five strikeouts in 7.0 innings of work. Laura DeLeon got the win for Loyola Chicago, allowing one earned run on four hits with three strikeouts.

The Lions had just four hits in the game by Slouber, Bennett, Chelsie Tysdal and Whitt.

LMU and Loyola Chicago will attempt to play a doubleheader on Saturday as the final day of the LMU Tournament. Pending rain in the Los Angeles area may cause cancellations, but a decision will be made in the morning. Check back to www.LMULions.com for the latest information.

- GO LIONS! -