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Lions Head to Troy Cox Classic

Feb. 15, 2007

Briefly... The LMU softball team will take its 5-2 record to Las Cruces, NM this weekend to participate in the Troy Cox Classic. The Lions will play five games over three days beginning on Friday morning. LMU has won its last two games, sweeping a doubleheader with Northern Colorado on Monday.

Tournament Schedule:
Friday, February 16:
LMU vs. Buffalo, 9:00am
Friday, February 16: LMU vs. Central Michigan, 11:30am
Saturday, February 17: LMU vs. UTEP, 2:00pm
Sunday, February 18: LMU vs. UT-Arlington, 9:00am
Sunday, February 18: LMU at New Mexico State, 11:30pm
All times Mountain. All LMU games held at the NMSU Softball Complex.

A Look Back... LMU is 5-2 on the season and has won two straight. The Lions went 3-2 at the BYU/UVSC Red Desert Classic, picking up wins over Utah Valley State, Idaho State and Southern Utah.

On a team that returned nine starters from a year ago, it was several newcomers who made a big impact for LMU in the opening weekend.

Senior transfer Kylie Conroy hit three home runs in five games in the opening weekend, driving in seven runs and scoring six. She finished the weekend with a 1.133 slugging percentage, going 7-for-15.

Melissa Dykema was solid in the circle, earning a 1.08 ERA with two wins and appearing in four of the team's five games. She struck out 15 in 16.2 innings of work, earning wins in both of her starts. She did not allow an earned run in either start. For her efforts, Dykema was named the first PCSC Pitcher of the Week for 2007.

Another newcomer with big numbers in the opening weekend was first baseman Christine Foley. The freshman from Culver City, Calif. hit .600 in her first weekend of collegiate action, going 6-for-10 with three doubles. She also drove in two runs and scored two.

Returners also shined for the Lions. Margo Pineda was excellent, hitting .571 with two home runs, five RBI and five runs scored. She was 8-for-14 at the plate with a 1.071 slugging percentage for the weekend. She also stole two bases on two attempts.

Tracy Cook had her first weekend at her new position of third base, and she was perfect in the field. She also hit well, finishing the weekend with a .429 batting average (6-for-14) with a home run, a triple, a double and five RBI.

Monday's Doubleheader... Kylie Conroy and Tiffany Pagano were the headliners during LMU's doubleheader sweep over Northern Colorado. Pagano was brilliant in the circle, tossing her first no-hitter of the year and striking out 13 to lead LMU to a 4-0 win.

Conroy provided the offense for LMU, going 4-for-6 on the day with two home runs. Her first home run of the day, a two-run blast to left field, gave LMU a 2-0 lead against NCU which is all the team needed.

With the Lions down 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Conroy hit a two-run home run to straightaway center field to tie the game and set the stage for LMU's heroics in the bottom of the seventh.

The Tournament Field...
Buffalo... Buffalo opens its season this weekend against LMU. The Bulls were 16-42 a year ago. Erin Zilka is Buffalo's top returner as she hit .303 with 44 hits, seven home runs and 23 RBI.

Central Michigan... The Chippewas were 22-27 last season and will play their first game of the season against LMU on Friday. They were picked to finish second in the Mid-American Conference West Division and return 10 letterwinners and eight starters.

UTEP... UTEP is 6-0 this season so far. After a win over Sam Houston State, 4-0, the Miners won four straight over Grambling State, outscoring GSU 70-1. They defeated El Paso Community College 9-1 on Tuesday. Kelly Lombard led the team in the opening weekend, hitting .765 with two home runs, five doubles and 10 RBI in the first five games.

Texas-Arlington... UTA comes into the Troy Cox Classic with a 2-3 record. The Mavericks recorded wins over Houston and Mississippi, with losses to Michigan twice and Mississippi. Katie Jones leads the team with a .438 average with seven hits.

New Mexico State... NMSU comes into the tournament with a 4-2 record. It recorded two wins over Colorado State with victories over Sam Houston State and North Texas at the Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces Invitational last weekend. Stephanie Herrera leads the team with a .476 average with 10 hits, one home run, one double and seven RBI.