May 6, 2007
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The LMU softball team wrapped up a record breaking regular season this afternoon, sweeping Santa Clara 7-2 and 8-1 in the regular season finale at Marsalli Park in Santa Clara, Calif. The Lions finish the regular season with a 45-16 record, breaking the program record for wins in a season. In addition, LMU wrapped up the regular season with 13 straight wins, breaking the school record for consecutive victories. The Lions will await the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday, May 13th to find out where they will begin their NCAA Tournament run.
LMU finished conference play with an 18-2 record, the most conference wins in PCSC history. Santa Clara finishes up the season with a 12-47 record, 5-15 PCSC.
The Lions scored all of their game one runs in the second inning. Tracy Cook led off the inning with a solo home run, and after that, the flood gates opened. Christine Foley reached on an error and Chelsie Tysdal was hit by a pitch. Tiffany Gonzales walked to load the bases. A fielder's choice gave the Lions a 2-0 lead and kept the bases loaded. MiaSarah Cesena cleared the bases with a double, making it a 5-0 LMU lead.
Kylie Conroy drove in Cesena with an RBI single and eventually scored on a single up the middle by Foley. The Lions batted around in the order, with three players hitting twice.
Those would be all the runs that the Lions needed. LMU starter Melissa Dykema (25-7) kept the SCU offense quiet with just one hit through the first five innings. The Broncos finally got on the board in the sixth with four consecutive hits to score twice and cut the LMU lead to 7-2. However, Dykema settled down and retired the final six batters in order to pick up her 25th win of the season. She allowed two runs on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Conroy was the only Lion with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. She also stole two bases. Cesena drove in three runs, going 1-for-4 with a run scored.
The Lions spread out their scoring in game two. LMU took the early lead with a run in the first inning. Kirsten Slouber led off the game with a single and scored on a Conroy fielder's choice.
The Broncos tied the game in the second inning. A walk, a sacrifice and a single made it a 1-1 game. However, that wouldn't last long, as LMU took the lead for good in the third inning. Cesena and Margo Pineda led off the inning with back to back singles. After a sacrifice, they both came around to score on a hit by Foley to give the Lions a 3-1 lead.
LMU added to its lead with three runs in the fourth inning. The Lions loaded the bases for Cesena. For the second time in two games, the sophomore came through with a bases loaded hit, bringing in two runs with a single to right field. A sacrifice fly by Pineda made it a 6-1 game.
Back to back solo home runs by Foley and Tysdal in the fifth inning gave the Lions their final 8-1 margin of victory. The home run was the eighth of the season for Tysdal. The sophomore catcher did not have a single home run in her freshman season, but now leads the team in homers. She has hit three in the last six games. The home run for Foley was her second of the weekend. She hit the game-winning home run in LMU's 2-1 win over the Broncos on Saturday.
Today's games demonstrated the balanced home run power of LMU. Eight different players have hit at least five home runs this season.
Pagano earned her 11th straight win to improve to 20-8 on the season. The junior pitcher finished the PCSC season with a perfect 10-0 record in the circle. On Sunday, she allowed one run on three hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Four Lions finished with two hits in game two. Cesena was a perfect 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run. Whitt was also perfect, going 2-for-2 with a run scored. Foley was 2-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored. Slouber finished the game going 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
LMU has won 13 straight games and 18 of its last 19 contests. The Lions have outscored their opponents 78-16 during the winning streak, and have allowed just six runs over the last nine games.
The 13 game winning streak bested the previous longest winning streak of 12 games. The Lions accomplished this streak twice- in the final 12 games of the 1996 season, and again earlier this season. The 12 game winning streak began on March 4th and lasted until March 21st. Since March 4th, LMU has gone 32-5.
LMU's 45 wins is a new program record for victories in a single season. The previous record was 44 wins set in 1996 when the Lions were 44-27.
The Lions' 18 wins in PCSC play is the most in the five years of the conference. The previous high was 16 wins, also by LMU in 2005.
The Lions will find out where they will begin their journey in the NCAA Tournament when the field of 64 is announced on Sunday, May 13th at noon PT on ESPNews.
- GO LIONS! -