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Seventh Inning Comeback Propels Lions

April 16, 2007

Box Score

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Christine Foley capped off her monster weekend by driving in the game-winning run in the top of the seventh inning, leading LMU to a 7-6 win over Sacramento State in the final game of the PCSC series. Down 6-3 heading into the seventh inning, the Lions scored four runs in the final inning to win the series, 3-1. The Lions remain in first place in the PCSC standings with a 6-2 record.

LMU is now 33-16 overall, and sits one game ahead of second place Saint Mary's with a 6-2 conference mark. The Hornets fall to 11-29 overall, 2-5 in conference play.

Sac State struck first in the opening inning, with back to back singles and hit batter loading the bases. Two walks gave the Hornets the early 2-0 lead.

The Lions got on the board in the fourth inning, scoring three runs to take a 3-2 lead. Margo Pineda and Kylie Conroy led off the inning with back to back singles. A fielder's choice by Tracy Cook gave the Lions runs at first and second. Foley drove in LMU's first run of the game with a single to center field, and Megan Ackerman gave the Lions the lead with a two-RBI single.

However, the lead wouldn't last long as the Hornets took advantage of a Lion error to score three unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-3 lead. Sac State added to its lead with a run in the run in the fifth to go up 6-3.

The Lions had two runners on base in the sixth inning, but couldn't convert. They would regain the lead in the seventh. Designated player J.J. Hartung led off the inning by earning a walk off of Hornet starter Kayla Meeks. A double by Kirsten Slouber gave the Lions two runners in scoring position. A wild pitch by Meeks allowed Hartung to score from third, while Slouber advanced from second to third. A walk to MiaSarah Cesena gave the Lions runners at the corners.

Pineda followed with her third hit of the day to bring home Slouber and make it a 6-5 game. Pineda was the final batter that Meeks would face, as she was replaced by Brittani Clifford. The reliever walked Conroy to load the bases.

A strikeout to Cook set the stage for Foley's heroics. The freshman drove a single to left field to bring in Cesena and Pineda and give the Lions the 7-6 lead.

LMU starter Tiffany Pagano (14-8) forced three straight groundouts in the bottom of the seventh inning to record her second win of the weekend and improve to 4-0 in PCSC play.

Pineda finished the game 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Foley was 2-for-4 with three RBI and one run score, while Ackerman was a perfect 2-for-2 with two RBI and two walks. Amy Tompkins led Sac State at the plate, going 3-for-5 with three runs.

Foley had a monster weekend, going 8-for-13 (.615). She is now hitting .500 in PCSC play and .415 overall. The freshman from Los Angeles, Calif. tied the LMU single season record for doubles with 16 when she hit two on Sunday.

The Lions return to Smith Field next weekend to host defending PCSC Champions Portland State. Doubleheaders are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Both will begin at 11:00am.