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Familiar Foes in NCAA Regional

May 13, 2007

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU will see some familiar faces in the NCAA regional, as the Lions will open up post-season play against No. 12 seeded UCLA on Friday at 5:00pm. Hawaii and UC Santa Barbara round out the four-team regional. LMU played all three teams in this region in 2007, earning a win over the Gauchos and playing tight contests with the Rainbow Wahine and Bruins. All games in the Los Angeles regional will be televised live on ESPNU.

The Lions open up the double elimination regional on Friday at 5:00pm. This will be the second game of the day, as UCSB and Hawaii will face off at 2:30pm. UCLA earned the No. 1 seed in the region, and the No. 12 seed nationally, and LMU was awarded the No. 4 seed in the region. Hawaii is the No. 2 seed in the region, while UCSB is the No. 3 seed.

Game 1 2:30 pm - #2 Hawaii vs. #2 UC Santa Barbara
Game 2 5 pm - #1 UCLA vs. #4 Loyola Marymount

Game 3 2:30 pm - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 4 5:30 pm- Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
Game 5 8 pm- Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

Game 4 5:30 pm - Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5
Game 5 8 pm - If Necessary

Tickets will be available at the gate. A three-day All-Sessions ticket is $28 for adults and $16 for students. Single-day passes are $10 for adults and $6 for students.

LMU won its final 13 games to finish the regular season with a school-record 45-16 record. The Lions were 18-2 in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference.

The Lions are led by Christine Foley who is hitting .411 and senior Margo Pineda who is batting .407. In the circle, junior Tiffany Pagano finished the season with seven consecutive home shutouts, breaking the LMU career and single season record for strikeouts, and the career mark for shutouts. Freshman Melissa Dykema has 25 wins this season.

"Our team is very excited to go to UCLA. We've been there before. We've played each team in this regional and our team knows that we can take on anyone in any given day," said Pineda.

UCLA finished the regular season with a 36-16 record, earning an at-large bid out of the Pac-10. The Lions and Bruins played on February 27th with UCLA earning a 5-2 win. LMU took a 2-0 lead after the second inning, but the Bruins battled back with three runs in the third and held on for the win.

Hawaii won the WAC regular season title, but fell in the conference tournament. They enter post-season play with a 46-11 record. LMU hosted the Rainbow Wahine on February 21st in a doubleheader at Smith Field. A solo home run in the top of the seventh by UH's Kate Robinson broke up the scoreless tie for UH to win game one. LMU's Tiffany Pagano limited UH to just two hits in the game. In game two, the Rainbow Wahine hit six home runs en route to a 14-1 five inning win.

UC Santa Barbara earned an at-large bid out of the Big West conference, going 30-21 in the regular season. The Lions and Gauchos faced off in a doubleheader in Santa Barbara on March 25th. LMU scored three runs in the top of the seventh with two outs to rally for a 4-3 victory in game one. Margo Pineda hit a two-run home run in the top of the first in game two, but UCSB came from behind to take game two, 6-2.

The Lions played 19 games against teams in the 2007 NCAA Tournament field, going 10-9 against those teams. Pineda hit .421 against teams in the post-season, while Pagano had a 2.12 ERA against those teams. Melissa Dykema was 7-2 in those contests.

LMU won the PCSC title for the second time in three years, earning its second trip to the NCAA Tournament. In 2005, the Lions participated in the UCLA regional. Only four players remain from that team - Pineda, Pagano, Kirsten Whitt and Tracy Cook.