April 1, 2007
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU softball team put on an offensive show to earn a sweep of PCSC rival San Diego at Smith Field on Sunday. Every player in the lineup recorded a hit in LMU's 13-2 game one win. In the second game, Tiffany Pagano pitched her third consecutive shutout and allowed just one hit as the Lions shutout the Toreros 10-0 in six innings. LMU improves to 30-15 on the year with the sweep.
San Diego (17-16, 1-3) scored the first run of the day in the first inning of game one. Per PCSC rules, the visiting Toreros were the home team in both games today. After the Lions were held scoreless in the top of the first, Carey Casiola singled and advanced on a groundout. With two outs, a Lion error on a ground ball by Virginia Fritsch allowed USD to take the early lead.
However, it wouldn't last long as LMU scored twice in the top of the second to take the lead for good. Kylie Conroy led off with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Tracy Cook. She came around to score on a double by Christine Foley. An RBI double by Megan Ackerman gave the Lions a 2-1 lead.
The Lions added to their lead in the third, as MiaSarah Cesena led off with a single. She advanced on a sacrifice by Margo Pineda and scored on an RBI double by Cook. The fourth inning brought three more runs to put the Lions ahead 6-1. Chelsie Tysdal singled and Kirsten Whitt was hit by a pitch to put Lions at first and second. Kirsten Slouber singled to centerfield to bring a runner home and a sacrifice fly by Cesena made it 5-1. A single up the middle by Pineda made it a 6-1 game.
USD scored in the bottom of the fourth to make the game 6-2. Danielle Treiber singled to right field and came around to score on an RBI single by Danielle Duhart.
That run ended up being the final run of the day for the Toreros, as LMU outscored USD 17-0 the rest of the day.
The Lions took advantage of a USD error in the fifth to score a run to make it 7-2, and a Slouber double and a Conroy single gave the Lions an 8-2 advantage in the sixth.
LMU scored five runs in the top of the seventh to extend the lead even further. Foley led off the inning with a single and Ackerman reached on an error. Tysdal recorded her third hit of the game to bring home Foley, and Whitt singled to score Ackerman. Two outs later, a double by Pineda scored another run, and a two RBI single by Conroy gave the Lions the 13-2 lead.
USD had a runner advance to third in the bottom of the seventh, but LMU starter Melissa Dykema (18-6) forced pinch hitter Celine Pujol to strikeout to end the game. Dykema earned the victory, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. USD starter Christine Haake (7-5) took the loss, allowing two earned runs on three hits with two walks in 1.2 innings of work. Reliever Jennifer Ellenbeck allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits with one strikeout. Jessi Waers finished up the game for USD, allowing five runs (one earned) on six hits with one strikeout.
Every starter in the LMU lineup recorded a hit, led by Slouber and Tysdal who had three hits each. Conroy drove in three runs, while Pineda and Tysdal had two RBI each. Slouber, Foley and Whitt scored twice. LMU recorded five doubles in the game.
Game two was a continuation of game one, as the Lion offense continued to roll. The Lions scored quickly, as consecutive singles by Slouber and Cesena set the stage for Pineda's two RBI triple to right field. Pineda drove in LMU's next two runs in the second inning, bringing home Tysdal and Whitt to give LMU a 4-0 lead in the second inning.
After a scoreless third, a Tysdal single and a Cesena double extended the lead to 5-0.
Pagano was outstanding again, and was perfect through 2.2 innings. An error by Conroy broke up the perfect game with two outs in the third, but Pagano was not fazed. She continued to mow down the USD batters, striking out two in the fourth and another in the fifth.
The Lion offense didn't score in the fifth, but made up for it in the sixth. Ackerman led off the inning with her fifth home run of the season, a blast to straight away centerfield. Consecutive singles by Tysdal and Whitt set the stage for Pineda to drive in her fifth run of the day. Conroy's single up the middle brought in two more runs and an RBI single by Cook gave the Lions a 10-0 lead.
Pagano had a no-hitter through 5.1 innings, but a chopper infield single by the speedy Duhart broke up the no-hit effort. However, Pagano struck out the next batter and forced a flyout to earn her third consecutive shutout.
Pagano had quite an impressive week, beginning with a one-hit shutout of Cal State Fullerton. On Saturday, she took a perfect game into the seventh inning and finished with a two-hit shutout. Today, she allowed just one hit for her sixth shutout of the season. She did not walk a single batter for the weekend.
Pineda led the offensive efforts in game two, going 3-for-4 with a season-high five RBI. Cook, Ackerman and Tysdal all had two hits, and Conroy drove in two runs. Eight of LMU's nine starters recorded hits in the game.
Katie Jo Nelson (3-8) took the loss for USD, allowing eight runs on 12 hits with three strikeouts in 5.0 innings. Haake finished the game in the circle, allowing two runs on three hits in 1.0 inning.
The Lions, 3-1 in conference play, will take next weekend off for the Easter holiday and return to action on April 14th at Sacramento State.
- GO LIONS! -