March 25, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Down to their final out, the Lions scored three unanswered runs to rally for a 4-3 win in game one of Sunday's doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara. A two-run home run by Margo Pineda gave LMU an early lead, but the Gauchos took advantage of a Lion error to score four unearned runs in the third and hold off the Lions for a 6-2 win in game two of the doubleheader.
The Lions improve to 26-13 on the year, while UC Santa Barbara moves to 19-8 overall.
Today marked the second time this week that the Lions used late inning runs to come from behind for a one run victory over a 2006 NCAA Tournament team. LMU scored twice in the bottom of the sixth for a 3-2 win on Wednesday over Ohio State.
The Lions scored the first run in game one. After UCSB starter Jennifer Davis struck out four of the first six batters she faced, Megan Ackerman led off the third with an infield single. She came around to score on Chelsie Tysdal's double to left field.
A walk and a hit batter allowed the Gauchos to get a runner in scoring position. An RBI double by Christine Ramos tied the game, and a groundout gave UCSB the lead. The Gauchos would go up 3-1 as Tisha Duran stole home.
The Lions were unable to get a base runner in the fifth and sixth inning, as Davis continued to roll. But the Lions showed that they have some fight in them with the seventh inning comeback.
Kylie Conroy led off the inning with an infield single and advanced to second on an errant throw by the shortstop. Tracy Cook popped up and Christine Foley struck out to set the stage for the two-out rally.
Ackerman recorded her second hit of the day to start the rally and bring Conroy home. Down 3-2, Tysdal hit her second double of the day to right center to tie the game, 3-3. Tysdal was replaced on the basepath by pinch runner J.J. Hartung. With two outs, Kirsten Whitt reached on an error by the Gaucho third baseman which allowed Hartung to score from second base and give the Lions the 4-3 lead.
LMU starter Melissa Dykema stayed solid in the circle in the bottom of the seventh to improve to 17-5 on the season. After Ramos led off with a bunt single, Dykema recorded three outs to preserve the Lion victory. For the game, she allowed three runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Davis suffered the loss for UCSB, allowing three earned runs on five hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts.
Ackerman and Tysdal had two hits each, and Tysdal drove in two runs. Ackerman scored twice, including the game-tying run. Duran led the Gauchos with two hits, a run and an RBI.
Kirsten Slouber led off game two with a single and the Lions took a quick lead on Pineda's two run home run. It was her sixth homer of the season. But that would be all the offense the Lions could muster. They were limited to five hits and errors proved costly.
UCSB took advantage of an LMU error in the third to score four unearned runs to regain the lead, 4-2. The Gauchos tacked on two insurance runs in the sixth inning to earn a 6-2 win.
The Lions mounted a small comeback in the seventh, as the Lions had runners at first and third with two outs, but UCSB starter MeLissa Matsumoto was able to get the final out to earn the win.
LMU starter Tiffany Pagano (9-8) suffered the loss, allowing just two earned runs on six hits. She walked five and struck out six. Matsumoto allowed five hits and two walks with four strikeouts and two runs.
Foley led the Lions with two hits, and Pineda drove in both runs.
The Lions wrap up non-conference play with another Big West foe on Tuesday, as they host Cal State Fullerton at Smith Field in a doubleheader beginning at noon. LMU begins conference action on Saturday, March 31st by hosting San Diego in a doubleheader beginning at 11:00am.
- GO LIONS! -