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Lions and Buckeyes Split

March 21, 2007

Box Score

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU defeated Ohio State 3-2 to tie the softball program's longest winning streak at 12 games, but could not break the record, falling to the Buckeyes 4-1 in the second game of the doubleheader at Smith Field. Back to back RBIs by Christine Foley and Megan Ackerman in the sixth inning helped the Lions rally for the game one win.

The Lions are now 25-12 on the season, while Ohio State moves to 15-12.

LMU took an early lead in game one. Kylie Conroy led off the inning with a single and advanced to third on single by Tracy Cook. Conroy came around to score on Foley's groundout.

The Buckeyes took the lead with two runs in the third. Three LMU errors in the inning allowed OSU to take the lead, 2-1.

LMU loaded the bases in the fifth inning, but a groundout ended the threat. The Lions finally got their runs in the sixth inning. Tracy Cook led off with a walk and came around to score on a double by Foley. With the game tied, Ackerman singled to bring home Foley and give the Lions the 3-2 lead.

Lion pitcher Melissa Dykema got the first two OSU batters out, but a single and a fielder's choice put runners at first and second. She was able to get the final batter to ground out to preserve the Lion victory. She improves to 16-5 on the season with the win, striking out seven and allowing just one earned run on five hits with one walk.

The Lions outhit Ohio State, 6-5. Six different Lions had hits in the game. One Lion who didn't have a hit was Kirsten Slouber who saw her hitting streak end at 17.

Nycole Koyano led OSU with two hits, both triples and she drove in both runs. Megan Miller took the loss for the Buckeyes, allowing two runs on two hits in relief.

In game two, LMU jumped out to a 1-0 lead again in the second inning, but Ohio State scored four unanswered runs to break the LMU winning streak. Conroy led off the inning with a walk. She stole second base, and the throw by OSU catcher Lauren Daykin went into centerfield and allowed Conroy to come around and score LMU's only run of the day.

Back to back home runs by OSU in the fourth inning gave the Buckeyes a 3-1 lead, and they added to it with a run in the seventh. OSU starter Jamee Juarez off the basepaths, retiring the final eight batters of the game to record the win. Juarez allowed one run on six hits with one walk and eight strikeouts.

LMU starter Tiffany Pagano fell to 9-7 on the season, allowing just one earned run on eight hits with nine strikeouts and four walks.

LMU's 12 game winning streak matched its longest in program history. The Lions won their final 12 games of the 1996 season to set the record.

The Lions wrap up their 12 game homestand with an 11-1 record and will now head out on the road on Sunday. LMU will travel to UC Santa Barbara for a doubleheader beginning at noon.

- GO LIONS! -