Lions Crown a New Home Run Queen, Sweep Utah Valley in Day 2

Junior, Danielle Smith

Feb. 19, 2012

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Los Angeles, Calif. -- Big offense and even bigger defensive plays led the Lions to back to back victories Sunday against Utah Valley. The Lions (7-3) saw solid offensive efforts from Sam Fischer who had three home runs and three doubles for the weekend, hitting .650. Fischer's big at bats drove in multiple runs thanks to solid lead off hitter Danielle Smith who went 7-11 in the four game series, hitting .636 with a .688 on base percentage.

Game 1: LMU 7, UVU 2

With one out and a runner on first, Senior Sam Fischer stepped up to the plate. With two balls and one strike, she choked up, took a swing on a pitch outside connected. Fischer's 48th home run of her LMU career sailed over the right center wall with her teammates waiting for her to return from her trip around the bases. The first person waiting for her, Assistant Coach Danielle Kaminaka who previous held the career home run record until Sunday.

The Wolverines came fighting back in the top of the third inning with Maddy Shultz driving in an RBI double that was buried in the left field corner. Defensively the Lions stayed strong with junior Skylar Segura with a diving catch to stop hard line drive and freshmen Sterling Shuster with an over the shoulder catch on the pop fly that halted the Wolverines comebacks.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Fischer hit a lead off double down the left field line setting herself up to score. Sophomore Sam Nelson drove Fischer in on an RBI single up the middle. With two on, Skylar Segura drilled a single to right center to drive in two more RBIs and the Lions boosted their lead 7-2.



Junior Molly Medeiros collected her fifth win of the season (5-1) with six strikeouts, including the first 4 batters.

Game 2: LMU 8, UVU 3

 LMU's offense wasted no time getting things started. With leadoff hitter Danielle Smith in scoring position Fischer hit an RBI double to left field to give the Lions the lead right out of the gate.

In the bottom of the second inning, with one out, junior catcher Jennifer Olivares, who has enter the starting rotation while Kathryn Dutton is sidelined with an injury, stepped up and hit her first home run of her collegiate career, giving the Lions a 2-1 lead.

Defense was key as freshmen Stealing Shuster fielded two hard hit drives to shut down Utah Valley bats. After making two huge defensive plays in the top of the third inning, freshman Sterling Shuster drove in two RBIs on a double to center field in the bottom of the fourth, putting the Lions up 5-1.

Senior Kelly Sarginson, who currently holds the PCSC single season home run record (18 in 2011),  joined in on the home run fun in the bottom of the sixth inning by drilling a three run shot over the left field wall, her second of the year. Sarginson's home run made her third all time in career home runs (33).

Dana Waldusky (2-1) took the circle for the Lions, pitching five innings, giving up only one hit, a solo home run in the top of the second. Waldusky struck out four.

The Lions head out on a two week road trip February 24th until March 4th. The Lions will travel to Boca Raton, Florida for the Hilton Suites "Strike Out Cancer" Tournament and Clearwater, Florida to the USF Under Amour Invitational.



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