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Lions, Toreros Split One-Run Games

May 6, 2006

Box Score

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Tiffany Pagano pitched every inning on Saturday, helping the Lions to a doubleheader split with San Diego in PCSC action in San Diego. With the four members of the LMU senior class attending their graduation, Pagano never left the circle, picking up the 6-5 game one victory. However, an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth inning gave San Diego the 4-3 game two win.

LMU took a 5-0 lead in game one, scoring two runs in the top of the first and the top of the second. Margo Pineda had an RBI double, and Megan Ackerman had a sacrifice fly to put the Lions on top 2-0 in the first. A Kirsten Slouber RBI single and a Hillaree Bennett sacrifice fly put LMU ahead 4-0 in the second.

An RBI single by Pineda scored Kirsten Whitt to put LMU ahead 5-0 in the third inning. However, the Toreros battled back, scoring three runs in the bottom of the third to cut the Lion lead to 5-3.

San Diego cut the lead to one run with another run in the bottom of the sixth, but the Lions responded in the top of the seventh inning. Ackerman led off the inning with a single, and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Chelsie Tysdal. Ackerman advanced to third on a single by Whitt, and came home on an RBI single by MiaSarah Cesena to put LMU up 6-4.

The first two USD batters of the bottom of the seventh walked, and both runners advanced on a groundout. The Toreros got to within one run on a ground ball to make the score 6-5, but Pagano forced a strikeout and a groundout to preserve the Lion victory.

Pineda, Cesena and Tracy Cook were all 3-for-4 in game one. Pineda recorded two RBI. Whitt was 2-for-2, and scored both times that she reached base after getting hit by a pitch.

The Lions were without their four seniors, including pitchers Samantha Lavino and Krystal Kehr, so Pagano was forced to pitch game two as well. She had another strong outing in the day's second game.

USD jumped on the board in the first inning, taking a 1-0 lead with three straight singles. They added to their lead with another run in the bottom of the third, loading the bases with no outs, and scoring on a sacrifice fly. Pagano forced two more fly balls to get out of the inning.

Cesena tied the game with one swing in the top of the fifth inning. Pagano, hitting in the lineup for the first time this season, led off the inning with a single, and Cesena hit her third home run of the season to tie the game at 2-2.

San Diego took the lead again in the bottom of the sixth, taking advantage of a leadoff walk to go up 3-2.

LMU had some late inning magic, tying the game in the top of the seventh and forcing extra innings. Tysdal led off the inning with a single, and her pinch runner, Nicole Levine, advanced to third on a single by Cesena. Levine came around to tie the game on an RBI single by Slouber.

Pagano put the Toreros down in order in the bottom of the seventh, but the Lions could not score in the top of the eighth. With one out, Ackerman doubled and advanced to third on a single by Whitt. But a pop up and a strikeout kept the game 3-3.

In her 15th inning of the day, Pagano got two quick outs, but walked Danielle Treiber to put the eventual game-winning run on base. A single and an error by Pagano loaded the bases, and pinch hitter Alicia Massai hit a single to shallow left field to give the Toreros a 4-3 win.

Cesena had another strong game at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a two run home run. For the day, Cesena was 5-for-6 with three RBI. Ackerman also added two hits in game two for the Lions.

The Lions return to action on Sunday to complete the four game series with San Diego.