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Strikeouts and Shutouts at Smith Field

March 13, 2007

Box Score

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Melissa Dykema and Tiffany Pagano combined to strikeout 24 batters to lead the Lions to two shutouts of Miami (OH) this afternoon at Smith Field. Dykema struck out 10 to help LMU to a 1-0 win in game one, and Pagano struck out a career-high 14 in the Lions' 7-0 win in game two. The Redhawks were limited to just six hits combined in two games. Megan Ackerman was 3-for-4 with a home run.

LMU improves to 20-11 with its seventh straight win, while Miami drops to 7-14 on the season.

Game one was a classic pitcher's battle, with the Lions getting the only run of the day. After the Redhawks stranded two on base in the top of the first, Dykema was on a role, and MU did not strand a baserunner the rest of the way. The only other batters that reached base ended up with outs on the basepath, either getting caught stealing or getting out on a double play.

LMU's only run came in the second inning. With one out, Christine Foley doubled to right field and scored on an RBI single to right field by Chelsie Tysdal. The Lions had runners on base in the fourth, but did not convert. MU pitcher Shalise Lugo took the tough loss, allowing the only run on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Dykema (13-5) limited MU to three hits, and allowed just one walk. She struck out 10, including all three outs in the first, and two in the second and sixth innings. It was her second shutout in her last three starts.

LMU scored runs in five innings for a 7-0 game two victory. As in game one, MU's best opportunity to score would come in the first inning. Two walks and a single loaded the bases, but Pagano was able to get Breanna Robinson to strikeout to strand the Redhawks in the first inning.

The Lions didn't waste anytime scoring runs in game two, as Kirsten Slouber led off the game with a single. She would come around to score on a fielder's choice by Tracy Cook.

After a scoreless second, LMU added another run in the third. Walks to Margo Pineda and Kylie Conroy helped put LMU in scoring position, and the Lions took a 2-0 lead on an RBI single by Foley.

Ackerman led off the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run, forcing MU to change pitchers. After an out, Kirsten Whitt singled up the middle. She advanced to third on two wild pitches and gave LMU a 4-0 lead on an RBI single by MiaSarah Cesena.

Two more runs came around to score in the bottom of the fifth on a double by Tysdal, and the Lions added an insurance run in the sixth.

Pagano (7-6) kept the MU batters on their toes, striking out at least two batters in the first six innings of the game. In the final six innings of the game, MU managed just two hits and neither left the infield. She did not walk a batter past the first inning.

She finished the game with a career-high 14 strikeouts. Her previous career high was 13 which she had achieved twice this year, and twice last year. She allowed just three hits and two walks.

Ackerman was a perfect 3-for-3 in game two with an RBI and two runs scored. Slouber, Foley and Tysdal each had two hits and Tysdal drove in two runs.

The Lions continue their 12 game homestand on Friday, hosting the first of two doubleheaders against Canisius. The action begins at noon.