Softball Faces Nation's Best at Season-Opening Tourney
The Lions went 0-4 against some of the nation's top teams including defending national champion Oklahoma.
Feb. 8, 2014
FULLERTON, Calif. - Facing some of the nation's top teams in its first weekend of action, the LMU softball team went 0-4 at the Cal State Fullerton Easton I Invitational Friday and Saturday.
The young Lion squad, featuring just two seniors, two juniors and 21 total freshmen and sophomores opened its 2014 campaign with a 7-1 setback to No. 12 ranked Kentucky. LMU was shutout, 9-0, by Cal State Fullerton, played to a tight 4-3 final against Pitt before closing out tournament action with an 11-1 final against defending Women's College World Series champions Oklahoma.
Senior third baseman Meghan Harman was a bright spot for the Lions at the plate, collecting four hits in nine at bat, including a pair of home runs She added four RBIs and a pair of walks for a .545 on base percentage.
Sophomore shortstop Stephanie Maciel collected three hits in the four games while three other Lions had two hits apiece.
Without the services of 2013 Pacific Coast Softball Conference Pitcher of the Year Sydney Gouveia, who is still recovering from an off season injury, the Lion pitching staff surrendered an 8.75 earned run average.
LMU is back in action February 21-23 where it will face Seattle, Cal State Bakersfield and UC Riverside at the Amy Harrison Classic, hosted by UCR.