March 21, 2006
The Lions will wrap up their 16 game homestand this week with a doubleheader against Ohio State on Wednesday at 1:00pm. The team will play its first road doubleheader of the season on Saturday when it heads north to take on the Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara at noon. LMU has won five straight, and is 12-2 at Smith Field this season.
LMU was a perfect 4-0 last week, sweeping doubleheaders against Radford and Quinnipiac. Pitching was the story against Radford, as the LMU pitchers combined to allow just two runs on the day, and Samantha Lavino picked up her first shutout of the season in a 1-0 victory. The bats got going against Quinnipiac, with the Lions scoring 13 runs in two games. Hillaree Bennett was the story on Saturday, going 5-for-5 with two home runs, including a grand slam and six RBI. Tiffany Pagano also tossed a shutout victory, allowing just two hits in game one.
This Week's Opponents
Ohio State is 12-10 this season and comes into Wednesday's game on a three-game winning streak. OSU handed then-#22 Oregon a 6-0 loss at the Palm Springs Tournament. Megan Scwab leads the team with a .358 batting average this season, with five doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI. Courtney Pruner and Jamee Juarez each have four home runs on the season. Kim Reeder leads the team with a 2.33 ERA and a 5-5 record. The Gauchos are 14-9 this season, with five straight wins coming into the games against LMU. Kendra Singley leads the team with a .324 batting average and 14 RBI. Ginger Gutierrez has a team-best 1.77 ERA with three shutouts. LMU swept OSU in a doubleheader last year, and split a doubleheader with the Gauchos in 2005.
Bennett Turning Heads
Hillaree Bennett had another phenomenal week, hitting .727 with two home runs, 727 with two home runs to lead LMU to a perfect 4-0 week. She finished the week with a 1.364 slugging percentage, seven RBI, five runs, three walks and a double. She earned PCSC Player of the Week honors for the second time this year, and now has 10 home runs on the season. That is the highest total by a freshman in LMU softball history. She is five home runs away from tying the LMU single season home run record.
Pagano Frustrates Hitters
The 2005 PCSC Pitcher of the Year has continued her 2005 form, dominating hitters this season. She has a 1.34 ERA with a 9-6 record, recording 128 strikeouts in 104.1 innings. She has already passed her 2005 strikeout total in 50 fewer innings, and her 128 Ks is already 4th on the LMU single season list.
LMU plays one doubleheader next week, hosting Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday at noon. The Lions will take the next 10 days off to prepare for their PCSC opener against Sacramento State on Saturday, April 8th.