May 5, 2007
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Christine Foley broke the LMU single season record for doubles and hit the game-winning home run to lead the Lions to a sweep over Santa Clara in PCSC action this afternoon at Marsalli Park in Santa Clara, Calif. The Lions clinched the PCSC title last weekend, and added to their win total with two wins today. Foley was 4-for-4 with the record-breaking double in LMU's 8-1 game one victory. In game two, the freshman first baseman came through with a two-run home run in the top of the sixth to lead the Lions to a 2-1 win. LMU improves to 43-16 overall with its 11th straight win.
LMU's victories have typically come in two varieties this season - the blowout win or the nail-biter come from behind victory. Today, the Lions had one of each.
Game one was the blowout variety. The Lions scored two in the second inning and added another run in the third to make it a 3-0 game. Foley's two-RBI double in the fourth made it a 5-0 LMU lead. The double was Foley's 17th of the season, breaking the LMU single season record of 16 set by Sami Strinz in 2003.
Santa Clara scored its only run of the game in the bottom of the fourth on a double steal. That would be as close as the Broncos would get, as LMU starter Melissa Dykema (24-7) did not allow another hit the rest of the game. She finished the game by matching her career-high with 12 strikeouts, allowing one run on two hits and no walks. Dykema's 24 wins puts her in second place alone in the LMU single season wins chart.
The Lions added another three runs in the seventh inning. Chelsie Tysdal hit her seventh home run of the season, a two-run blast, to make it a 7-1 game. Kirsten Slouber drove in Tiffany Gonzales to make it an 8-1 lead.
Foley finished the game a perfect 4-for-4, her third four-hit game this season. She drove in two runs with a double. Tysdal was also perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three RBI, two runs scored and a home run. Tiffany Gonzales was 2-for-3 with two doubles and Megan Ackerman was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.
Game two was the classic come from behind in dramatic fashion win. LMU is 6-8 when trailing after five innings, adding to the win column with a comeback win in the nightcap.
LMU starter Tiffany Pagano's 27 inning scoreless streak came to a halt in the first inning of game two, as the Broncos took advantage of two walks, a hit batter and an infield single to score first and take a 1-0 lead.
Bronco starter Lauren Passafuime was able to shut down the powerful Lion offense for five innings, allowing just two hits to keep the Broncos ahead.
However, Passafuime couldn't keep the Lions down forever, as Slouber led off the sixth inning with a single. She advance to second on a sacrifice. One swing of the bat by Foley put the ball over the left field fence, and the Lions had a 2-1 lead that they would not relinquish.
Pagano improves to 19-8 on the season. She allowed one run on three hits with four walks and five strikeouts. Passafuime allowed two runs on four hits with no walks and one strikeout.
LMU sits at 43-16 on the year and has won 11 straight games and 16 of its last 17 contests. With one more win, the Lions match their program-high for wins (44-27 in 1996) and a sweep would break the program record for wins. LMU's 16 PCSC wins matches the highest win total in conference play in the five years since the PCSC's inception. Santa Clara falls to 12-45, 5-13 in PCSC play.
LMU and Santa Clara wrap up the regular season with a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at noon.
- GO LIONS! -