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Offensive Explosion in Sweep

April 23, 2006

Box Score

MORAGA, Calif. - The Lion offense was clicking on all cylinders as LMU recorded a two game sweep of Saint Mary's in PCSC action this afternoon in Moraga. The Lions won game one, 7-3, and Samantha Lavino pitched a five inning no-hitter as LMU won game two, 8-0. Freshman Hillaree Bennett broke the LMU single season record for walks in game one, and now has 37 for the season.

Bennett broke the walks record in her first plate appearance of the day. It marked her 35th walk of the season, one more than the previous record of 34 set by Danielle Kaminaka in 2005.

First baseman Brittany Bassett hit a home run down the left field line to lead off the second inning. In the bottom half of the third inning, Bennett smashed a lead-off double and then scored on Tracy Cook's double to left field.

Saint Mary's answered with three runs in the top half of the fourth to take the lead, 3-2. Justine Larsen drew a walk to reach base, advanced on Sandra Ruezga's sacrifice bunt and reached third on Eleni Papailias' base hit. Michelle Mathis also drew a walk before senior Marcia-Marie Euker smashed a three run double to get the Gaels back in the game.

The lead was short-lived however as the Lions rallied for three runs in the fifth inning to regain the lead. Margo Pineda singled in the fifth, and advanced to second on a walk to Bennett. Pineda scored on Cook's RBI single up the middle. With runners at first and third, designated player Krystal Kehr doubled to score both runs and put LMU ahead 5-3.

LMU added two more insurance runs in the sixth inning. With one out, MiaSarah Cesena doubled to left field and moved to third base on Kirsten Slouber's single. Cesena scored on a sacrifice fly by Pineda to put LMU up 6-3. The Lions added one more run on a wild pitch for the 7-3 final margin of victory.

Kehr picked up the win for the Lions, improving to 3-2 on the season. At the plate, she was a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBI. Cook was 2-for-4 with three RBI, and Bassett was 2-for-4 with a home run. Bennett was 1-for-1 with three walks.

Game two was all LMU. The Lions scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a commanding lead. LMU opened the game with two singles, a triple and a home run to pull ahead 4-0. Cook continued her hot performance at the plate with her third home run of the season, a two run blast to left field.

Lavino shut down the Gaels, not allowing a hit in 5.0 innings of work. She walked three, and struck out two for her second shutout of the season. She retired the last seven batters of the game.

The Lions forced the mercy rule in the bottom of the fifth inning by scoring four more runs. The scoring run was highlighted by double by Bennett and a RBI singles by Bassett and Darcy Pagnini. The game ended when Slouber was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, putting the Lions to go ahead 8-0 to invoke the mercy rule.

LMU combined for 11 hits in 4.2 innings. Pineda, Bennett, Cook and Pagnini all had two hits for the Lions. In addition, Bennett and Cook each had two RBI.

For the day, LMU was 22-for-51 (.431) at the plate with a .686 slugging percentage. Bennett was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three walks, and Kehr was 3-for-5. Additionally, Cook was 4-for-7 with a home run and four RBI on the day.

LMU improves to 25-17 on the season and 5-4 in PCSC play. Saint Mary's is now 5-39, 1-11 in conference play.

The Lions return to Smith Field for their final home games of the season next weekend. LMU hosts Santa Clara in a four game PCSC series starting on Saturday, April 29th. On Sunday, April 30th, the Lions will honor their senior class on Senior Day.

- GO LIONS! -