March 10, 2007
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU completed the weekend sweep with two wins over Tennessee-Martin this afternoon to wrap up competition at the LMU Tournament. Tracy Cook's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh gave the Lions a 6-5 win in game one. Eight of LMU's nine hits were of the extra base variety, including a home run by Kirsten Slouber, as the Lions downed the Skyhawks 4-2 in the tournament finale. Tiffany Pagano struck out 11 in the game two win.
LMU has now won five straight games, and improves to 18-11 on the season. Tennessee-Martin moves to 11-10 overall.
UTM scored an unearned run in the top of the first to take a quick lead, but the Lions answered immediately. Slouber led off the inning with a single to centerfield, and MiaSarah Cesena followed with a fielder's choice. Cesena advanced to second on a groundout by Margo Pineda and came around to score on a single by Kylie Conroy.
The game stayed 1-1 until the bottom of the fourth. Pineda and Conroy led off the inning with back to back singles. After a groundout and a strikeout, both runners came home on a double by Megan Ackerman to give the Lions a 3-1 lead.
UTM got things going in the top of the fifth, using three singles and three-run home run by Megan Williams to regain the lead, 5-3.
But the Lions refused to back down, tying things up in the bottom of the inning. Kirsten Whitt led off with a walk, and advanced to second on a single by Slouber. Both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Cesena, and Whitt came home on an RBI single by Pineda. Conroy tied things up with a double to the gap in right center field.
The Skyhawks brought in a new pitcher, Kara Harper, and she was able to get the final two outs of the inning to keep the game tied.
LMU starter Melissa Dykema kept UTM off the board in the sixth and the seventh to set up the Lion heroics in the bottom of the seventh. Dykema struck out three batters in the final two innings.
Cesena led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to left field and advanced to second on a bloop single by Pineda. Conroy's ground ball went to UTM second baseman Fallon Lowery who threw to second base to get the runner. However, UTM shortstop Laura Roberts was unable to hold onto the ball, and Pineda was safe at second and the Lions had the bases loaded with no outs. Cook lifted a deep fly ball to right field, allowing Cesena to tag up and score from third for the 6-5 LMU victory.
Dykema (12-5) earned the win, allowing four earned runs on six hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. Pineda and Conroy both had three hits on the day. Conroy drove in two runs, and Pineda drove in one. Slouber was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Game two started as a pitcher's battle, as the game remained scoreless until the third inning. Pineda had a triple in the first, and Cook had a double in the second, but neither was able to score. LMU starter Pagano struck out the side in the first inning, and added another strikeout in the second.
The Skyhawks took the lead in the third, as Greer Long led off the inning with a single up the middle. She advanced to second after Harper was hit by a pitch. Both runners advanced on a sacrifice, and Long came home to score on a wild pitch.
The Lions got the run back in the bottom of the inning. Whitt led off with a ground rule double, and Slouber gave the Lions a 2-1 lead with a two-run home run to left field. Cesena followed with another ground rule double, and she came around to score on Conroy's double to right center.
Tennessee-Martin made it a one run game with a run in the top of the fourth, but LMU's insurance run in the fifth would be all the Lions needed. Slouber led off the inning with a triple to the corner in right field and scored on a sacrifice fly by Cesena.
Pagano (6-6) dominated the rest of the game, striking out three batters in the sixth, and another in the seventh. She finished the game with 11 strikeouts. She allowed two runs on five hits with two walks.
Slouber led the Lions with two hits (a home run and a triple) and two RBI. She also scored twice. Both of Conroy's hits were doubles and she drove in a run.
For the game, LMU had five doubles, two triples and a home run.
The Lions return to action on Tuesday when they host Miami (OH) in a doubleheader starting at 1:00pm.
- GO LIONS! -