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Three Shutouts Earn Pagano Third Weekly Honor

April 3, 2007

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Three complete game shutouts were enough for Tiffany Pagano to earn her third PCSC Pitcher of the Week honor of 2007. The junior tossed a one-hit 8.0 inning shutout over Cal State Fullerton to start the week and allowed a combined three hits over 13.0 innings to lead LMU to two shutouts over San Diego to start PCSC play.

Pagano made three appearances and she threw three shutouts, including a pair of one-hitters. She opened the week with a one-hit shutout over Cal State Fullerton, who received votes in the latest espn.com poll. She finished with six strikeouts in the game.

Pagano followed with a two-hitter on Saturday against San Diego, a game in which she took a perfect game into the seventh inning. After earning the first out of the inning, Pagano hit a batter to break up the perfect game. Two singles later, the bases were loaded with one out, but Pagano was able to force a ground ball for the second out and struck out a batter looking on a 3-2 pitch to win the game and record her second straight shutout. She struck out eight in the game.

The third shutout came on Sunday, and she took a no-hitter into the bottom of the sixth. The only blemish in the first five innings was an error. With one out in the sixth, she allowed the only hit of the game, and then got the next two outs for the shutout. She had seven strikeouts in the win.

For the week, Pagano was 3-0 with a 0.00 earned run average in 21.0 innings of work, allowing four hits with 21 strikeouts.

The junior has lowered her ERA to 2.16 and has a team-high 163 strikeouts in 129.2 innings for the season. She currently has six shutouts and a 12-8 record with 12 complete games.

She earned the PCSC Pitcher of the Week honor on February 20th and March 13th as well. Over her career, she has been named the PCSC Pitcher of the Week eight times.

The Lions return to action on Saturday, April 14th when they head to Sacramento State for a four-game series with the Hornets.