March 11, 2006
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Loyola Marymount won the final game of the LMU Tournament, defeating Loyola Chicago 10-2 in five innings today. The Ramblers picked up a 5-1 win in the day's first game, but the Lions rallied for the mercy-rule victory to wrap up tournament play. LMU went 8-2 in its first week at Smith Field with four mercy rule wins.
Mistakes continued to cost LMU in the first game of the day. Loyola scored the first run of the game without the benefit of a single hit. A hit batter, a stolen base and two sacrifice hits put the Ramblers on the board first.
The Lions evened the score in the bottom of the third, when MiaSarah Cesena homered to left field for her second home run of the week to tie the game.
However, Loyola's aggressiveness on the basepaths and LMU errors allowed them to add runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh inning. Loyola's other run of the game came on a solo home run to left field by Katerina Krause.
Krystal Kehr took the loss for LMU, allowing three earned runs on four hits and four walks. She struck out five batters in 7.0 innings of work. Laura DeLeon picked up her second win against LMU, not allowing a run in 3.2 innings of work.
Megan Ackerman and Cesena each had two hits in the game for the Lions, who out hit Loyola 8-4.
A new lineup jump started the Lion offense in the second game of the doubleheader. The Lions jumped on Loyola starter Katie Schupbach early, putting up four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Kirsten Slouber was hit by a pitch to start the inning, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. She scored on Cesena's double to left field. Hillaree Bennett added another home run to her season total, hitting a two-run home run to right field to put LMU ahead 3-1. Margo Pineda, moved from the two spot to cleanup, singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice hit by Darcy Pagnini. A groundout moved Pineda to third, and she scored on Ackerman's single.
Loyola added a second unearned run in the top of the second, but the Lions pounced again in the bottom of the second. Kirsten Whitt led off the inning with a single, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. She advanced to third on Cesena's single up the middle. With runners at first and third, Bennett drew a walk to load the bases. A fielder's choice ground out scored a run and left runners at first and second. A wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third. Pagnini reached first base on a throwing error by the catcher that scored another run. With runners at first and third, Chelsie Tysdal singled through the left side of the infield to score the third run of the inning and put LMU ahead 7-2.
A sacrifice fly gave the Lions an 8-2 lead in the bottom of the third, and LMU tacked on a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth. After Ackerman doubled to the gap in left center, Tracy Cook hit her first home run of the year, a two-run blast to left center field to put the Lions ahead 10-2.
The Ramblers managed a single in the top of the fifth inning, but Pagnini threw out the base runner trying to steal second base for the second out of the inning. A ground out ended the game and gave the Lions the final victory of the tournament.
Cesena shined in the two spot of the lineup, going 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored. Cook was 2-for-3 with two RBI, two runs scored and her first home run of the season. Ackerman had her second straight two hit game, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Bennett had an interesting line- 1-for-1 with two RBI and two runs scored. She also drew two walks.
The Lions finished the five day tournament with an 8-2 record. They won the first seven games, and then lost two games before finishing up with a win. LMU improves to 16-11 on the season.
LMU has two days off, then gets right back into it with a doubleheader against Radford on Tuesday at noon at Smith Field.
- GO LIONS! -