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Lions, Gaels Split One Run Victories

April 22, 2006

Box Score

MORAGA, Calif. - LMU and Saint Mary's each earned a one run victory in PCSC action on Saturday. The Gaels pulled out the late game victory in game one, 3-2, and the Lions scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning for the 6-5 game two win. Hillaree Bennett tied the LMU single season record for walks and hit her 11th home run of the season.

The Lions took the early lead in game one. Kirsten Slouber led off the game with a single and advanced to second base on a walk to Bennett. Slouber advanced to third on a fielder's choice by Margo Pineda and came around to score on an error by the second baseman to give LMU a 1-0 lead.

The walk to Bennett was her 34th of the season, tying Danielle Kaminaka's 2005 record of walks in a season.

With two outs in the bottom of the third, Lauren Mello singled to left field and moved to second on a walk. She tied the game on an RBI single by Kayla Adridge.

The Lions took the lead again in the sixth inning. With one out, Tracy Cook recorded her third hit of the game. A fielder's choice by Darcy Pagnini gave the Lions two outs, but Pagnini advanced to second on Megan Ackerman's single. Pagnini came around to score on a pinch hit single by Krystal Kehr to give the Lions a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the 6th inning.

A single and two walks set up Mello's two RBI single that gave Saint Mary's a 3-2 lead.

Pineda got a single in the top of the seventh, but the Lions couldn't score again and dropped their fourth PCSC game of the season.

Tiffany Pagano suffered the loss for the Lions, allowing three runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and five walks. Cook was 3-for-3 at the plate, and Ackerman added two hits.

Chelsea Loftis earned her second win of the season, allowing one earned run on nine hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Mello was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with the game-winning RBIs.

Cook's second home run of the season to lead off the top of the second inning opened the scoring for LMU in game two. Slouber led off the top of the third with a single and came around to score on Bennett's two-run homer to left field that gave LMU a 3-0 lead.

Bennett now has 11 home runs on the season, the third most in LMU single season history. She is now four behind the top mark of 15 set by Kaminaka in 2004. The 11 is also the most ever by an LMU freshman.

Cook's RBI single scored Pineda from second base in the top of the fourth inning to put LMU ahead 4-0. However, the Gaels would get back on the board in the bottom of the inning. An RBI triple by Bronwyn Russell and a sacrifice fly cut the Lion lead to 4-2.

Saint Mary's tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. A single and a walk put runners at first and second, and a sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. A fielder's choice scored made the game 4-3, and an error by LMU right fielder Kirsten Whitt allowed the game-tying run to score.

However, the Lion offense scored two in the top of the eighth inning. Pinch hitter Pagnini singled to right field, and Ackerman followed with another single. Pagnini advanced to third on a fielder's choice by Chelsie Tysdal. MiaSarah Cesena provided the late inning heroics, bringing home both runs with a triple to left center to put LMU ahead 6-4. The triple is her team leading third of the season.

Pagano entered the game for the Lions in the bottom of the eighth and picked up her second save of the season. SMC scored one run, but Pagano forced two groundouts with runners in scoring position to end the game and record the save. With five career saves, Pagano moves into third place in the LMU record books for career saves.

Samantha Lavino earned the victory after recording the three outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Starter Kehr allowed three earned runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and two walks.

Bennett and Cook were both 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Russell led the way for the Gaels, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.

The Lions (23-17, 3-4) and the Gaels (5-37, 1-9) return to action on Sunday in the final two games of the four game PCSC series.