April 15, 2007
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Lions won the first two games of today's tripleheader against Sacramento State before falling in the day's final game. LMU scored four in the fifth inning for a 4-3 win in game one and held off the Hornets for a 7-5 game two win. Game three needed 12 innings to decide a winner, and the host Sacramento State was able to pull out the 5-4 victory. Christine Foley was 6-for-9 on the day and tied the LMU single season record for doubles. The two teams will wrap up the series with a single game on Monday at 12:30pm.
LMU improves to 32-16 on the year, 5-2 in PCSC play. Sacramento State is 11-28 overall, 2-4 in conference action.
Sac State took the early lead in game one, scoring runs in the first and second innings. Another run in the fourth gave the Hornets a 3-0 lead. The Lions kept fighting and scored all of their runs in the fifth inning. Foley led off the inning with an infield single and advanced to second on a Megan Ackerman single up the middle. Chelsie Tysdal drove in LMU's first run of the day with a single to centerfield. LMU advanced runners to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by Kirsten Whitt. Back to back RBI singles by Kirsten Slouber and MiaSarah Cesena tied the game at 3-3. A throwing error on a fielder's choice allowed Slouber to score the eventual game-winning run.
LMU starter Melissa Dykema (19-7) would hold onto the one run lead. Things got interesting, as Sac State loaded the bases in the top of the seventh inning, but Dykema induced a strikeout and a ground ball to earn the win. She allowed three runs (two earned) on 11 hits with eight strikeouts and two walks. Former Lion Kayla Meeks took the loss, allowing four runs on eight hits with three strikeouts.
Foley was 3-for-3 with a double and run scored in game one.
The Lions would pull ahead early in game two, scoring in the second inning to take the first lead of the game. The Hornets scored twice in the top of the third, but it would be their only lead of the game. LMU scored three in the bottom of the third to regain the lead for good. Back to back RBI doubles by Margo Pineda and Kylie Conroy helped the Lions regain the lead.
Four hits in the fourth helped LMU extend its lead to five runs, 7-2. Pineda and Ackerman both had doubles in the inning. The Hornets made things interesting late in the game, scoring twice in the sixth and once in the seventh, but LMU starter Tiffany Pagano (13-8) forced two straight groundouts to earn the victory. She allowed five runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. Jennifer Fryou took the loss, allowing seven runs (three earned) on eight hits with one strikeout in 4.0 innings of work. Brittani Clifford finished the game for Sac State, not allowing a hit in the final 2.0 innings.
Pineda led the way for the Lions, going 2-for-3 with two RBI, two doubles and a run. Foley was 2-for-3 with a run and a double. It was her 16th double of the season, and she ties Sami Strinz for the LMU single season record.
Despite each starting pitcher taking the circle for the second time on Sunday, the final game of the tripleheader was a pitcher's duel. LMU scored first with a run in the top of the second. Foley earned a walk and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Tysdal. The Lions took a 2-0 lead in the third with an RBI single by Tracy Cook.
The Hornets took advantage of an LMU error to cut the lead to one run in the bottom of the third. The Lions took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh, but Sac State rallied to tie the game and force extra innings. Jamie Schloredt earned a two-out walk, and her pinch runner, Katie Rhoe, advanced to third on a double by Meeks. A single scored the game-tying run, but Meeks was thrown out at home by left fielder Cesena to keep the game tied and send the game into extra innings.
In the 12th inning, the Lions scored twice to take a 4-2 lead. Whitt was placed at second due to the international tiebreaker, and advanced to third on a single by Kirsten Slouber. Whitt came around to score on a wild pitch by Hornet game three starter Meeks, and Slouber scored on an RBI double by Conroy.
In her 19th inning of the day, Lion starter Melissa Dykema allowed four hits in the bottom of the 12th inning and the Hornets pulled out the 5-4 win. Dykema allowed five runs (three earned) on 13 hits with six strikeouts and five walks in 11.0 innings. Sac State's Meeks allowed four runs (two earned) on 11 hits with eight strikeouts and three walks in the win.
Cesena and Cook led the way for the Lions with two hits each.
The Lions and Hornets wrap up their four-game series with a single game on Monday at 12:30pm.
- GO LIONS!