May 8, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -The University of San Diego softball team picked up a game two win when senior Erin Harmonson entered the game in the seventh inning striking out three consecutive LMU hitters to finish her career with 236 strike outs putting her at fourth all-time in the USD record book for career strike outs.
The Toreros big inning came in the second inning when USD scored four runs on two hits. Marissa Merchain led off with a walk followed by Virginia Fritsch who also walked moving Mercahin to second base. Danielle Treiber hit a sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher moving Merchain and Treiber one base. Alicia Massei followed with a walk loading the bases. Rebekah Bradford hit a single up the middle moving all the base runners ahead and scoring Merchain. Gina McFarland was walked advancing Bradford to second, Massei to third, and scoring Fritsch. LMU made a pitching change and then walked Ashlee Nunes as USD brought across another run taking a 3-0 lead. Kathleen Bonja then singled through the left side scoring Bradford and moving Nunes and McFarland ahead one base and took a 4-0 lead.
LMU scored one run in the third inning and another run in the sixth inning. The Toreros defeated the Lions 5-2.
In game one, San Diego lost 4-3 after tying the game at 3-3. The Toreros scored one run in the first inning and two runs in the third innings. LMU scored three runs in the second inning and the winning run in the sixth.
Offensively for USD, Kathleen Bonja hit a combined 8-for-6 (.750) with one double, two RBI, and one run scored. Rebeka Bradford hit 3-for-5 (.600) with one RBI and one run scored. Danielle Treiber hit 3-for-7 (.429) with one double, and two RBI.
Defensively for the Toreros, Gina McFarland allowed two runs on seven hits, while striking out two hitters in six innings of work. Erin Harmonson recorded the game one loss allowing four runs on eight hits and striking out six batters in six innings of work.
LMU dropped to 28-20 overall and 8-7 in the PCSC. San Diego finishes their season 22-24 overall and 10-10 in the PCSC. With the two wins this past weekend, they broke their record of single season wins over division one opponents recording 18 victories.