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East Coast Visitors Come To Smith Field

March 14, 2006

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The Lions will stay at Smith Field for a pair of doubleheaders this week, hosting Radford on Tuesday at noon and Quinnipiac on Saturday at noon. LMU is coming off of an 8-2 week last week in the first ever LMU Tournament at Smith Field. The Lions hit 15 home runs in the first 10 games at their new home.

Looking Back
The Lion bats awoke at Smith Field last week, as the team hit .348 to go 8-2 in the first ever LMU Tournament at Smith Field. Seven players hit above .300 in the first week at LMU's new home, and the team combined to hit 15 home runs while allowing just two. Kirsten Slouber led the offensive attack, hitting .500 with four home runs, 11 RBI , 12 runs and a .933 slugging percentage. Brittany Bassett and Hillaree Bennett also had three home runs each, and MiaSarah Cesena added a pair of homers. Bennett was walked 12 times, four intentionally, and had a .618 on-base percentage. Tiffany Pagano recorded five complete games in five starts with two shutouts and 42 strikeouts in 32.0 innings of work. Samantha Lavino was a perfect 3-0 on the week with a 0.82 ERA in three starts. The team ERA for the week was 1.11 with 76 strikeouts in 63.0 innings.

This Week's Opponents
Radford is 16-8 on the season and comes into Tuesday's game with a five game winning streak. The Highlanders from Radford, Virginia, outscored their opponents 24-0 in four games at UC Riverside's tournament last weekend. Radford is led by Amanda Walling wh ois hitting .338 with three home runs and 14 RBI. Radford has a team ERA of 1.28. Quinnipiac has struggled so far this season with a 3-11 record after Monday's doubleheader loss at Cal State Northridge. The Bobcats, hailing from Hamden, Connecticut, are traveling around Southern California this week, taking on UC Riverside and San Diego before coming to Smith Field on Saturday.

Ferrin Reaches Win #400
The first ever game at LMU's Smith Field was historic in several ways. The Lions defeated the University of Pennsylvania 8-0 in six innings, with two home runs, and the victory marked #400 in the coaching career of Lion head coach Gary Ferrin. In his 12th season, Ferrin now has a 407-305-1 record.

Going Going Gone
The Lions hit 15 home runs in 10 games last week, more than four times the amount of home runs that they had in the previous 17 games. LMU had eight home runs in the first 17 games, led by Hillaree Bennett's five. Four players hit their first home runs of the season last week, with Kirsten Slouber leading the way with four. Brittany Bassett hit three for the week, and MiaSarah Cesena hit two.

Looking Ahead
The Lions host a mid-week doubleheader next week, welcoming Ohio State to Smith Field on Wednesday at 1:00pm. LMU will travel to UC Santa Barbara for a doubleheader matchup with the Gauchos on Saturday at noon.