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Nine Straight Wins

March 16, 2007

Box Score

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Solid pitching and timely hitting were the keys to LMU's sweep of Canisius in non-conference softball action at Smith Field this afternoon. The Lions outhit the Golden Griffins 12-2 in game one's 6-1 victory, and Chelsie Tysdal hit her third home run of the year to help LMU to a 3-1 win in game two. The Lions have now won nine straight games and will complete the four-game series with Canisius on Saturday. Please note that Saturday's start time has been moved up one hour to 11:00am.

The Lions are now 22-11 on the season, while Canisius falls to 7-11.

Melissa Dykema (14-5) was outstanding in game one, retiring the first nine batters in order. She struck out the side in the first, and struck out two more in the third. The Lions slowly built their lead with runs in the second and third innings. Tracy Cook led off with a high flyball single and scored on a double by Tysdal in the second inning. A double by MiaSarah Cesena set the stage for Margo Pineda's RBI single to give the Lions a 2-0 lead.

The fourth inning was the only inning that the Griffs would find any offensive success. Katie Miranto led off with a single and advanced on a single and a fielder's choice. She came around to score on a bases loaded ground out.

Canisius would never reach base again, as Dykema retired the final 12 batters of the game. She finished with nine strikeouts and no walks, allowing just two hits.

With a 2-1 lead, the Lions added three more runs in the fourth. Four singles and a walk allowed the Lions to take a 5-1 lead. A single by Christine Foley and a double by Megan Ackerman gave the Lions a 6-1 lead in the sixth inning.

Four Lions finished with two hits- Cesena, Pineda, Foley and Kirsten Slouber. Pineda drove in two runs, and Foley scored twice.

Game two was closer but the Lions persevered to win their ninth straight. LMU scored its first run in the second inning. Foley earned a two-out walk and advanced to third on a single by Ackerman. The run scored on a wild pitch to give LMU the 1-0 lead.

Tysdal led off the second inning with her third home run of the season to put the Lions up 2-0. LMU extended its lead to 3-0 with a run in the fourth. Pineda led off the inning with a single. A walk to Cook and a single by Foley loaded the bases, to set up an RBI walk by Ackerman.

The Golden Griffins threatened early, but Lion starter Tiffany Pagano (8-6) got strikeouts for all three outs in the first inning to negate three walks that loaded the bases. Canisius threatened again in the third, but Cesena threw out a runner at home to keep the Griffs off the board.

Canisius finally scored in the fifth. Miranto led off with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice. She came around to score on an RBI single by Cameron Norton to make it a 3-1 game.

Pagano took a 3-1 lead into the seventh inning, and Canisius was able to get two on base before Dykema came in to finish the game. She forced a fly ball and struck out the final batter to earn her first collegiate save.

Pagano earned the win, allowing one run on five hits with eight strikeouts and seven walks.

Six different players had hits in game two, with Tysdal and Ackerman each driving in runs.

The Lions wrap up the week with the completion of the four game series with Canisius on Saturday. Start time has been moved up to 11:00am to accommodate travel plans.