PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- The Loyola Marymount softball team competed in the third and final day of the Mary Nutter Invitational in Palm Springs on Monday, going 2-0 on the day with wins against Utah and UC Santa Barbara.
The Lions earned a 4-1 win over No. 21 Utah in the first matchup of the day. Linnay Wilson earned the win on the mound for the Lions, pitching six innings with three strikeouts.
After a scoreless first inning, LMU scored three of its four runs in the second. Andrea Gonzalez was brought home first when the bases were loaded and Lindsey Matoi was hit by a pitch to advance to first. Irma Sanchez grounded out to second base on the next play, earning the RBI as Molly Grumbo scored. Sabrina Tebou scored the final run of the inning on a fielding error at third base by Utah.
LMU got on the board again in the fifth as Delanie Wisz singled to left field, driving in the RBI as Katie Manley landed at home. The Utes scored their one run of the game in the sixth inning and the game ended in a 4-1 LMU victory. Manley had a team-high two hits with one run in the win.
In the second game of the day, LMU defeated the Gauchos 5-2 to round out the tournament with a 3-2 record over the weekend. Wisz led the team in RBIs on the day with three on a team-high-tying three hits and Bandimere pitched most of the game for the Lions.
The Lions started out up 2-0 after the first inning as Wisz earned her first two RBIs after singling through the right side, driving home Maddison Flores and Sanchez. Neither team scored in the second, but LMU scored two more runs in the third to go up 4-0. Wisz once again tallied an RBI after singling up the middle as Flores scored, and later Wisz scored herself on a throwing error by UCSB.
This was followed by three scoreless innings, and then LMU scored its final run of the game in the seventh as Gonzalez singled to right field, bringing Manley home to make it 5-0. Kayla Krantz of UCSB homered to left field for 2 RBIs in the game's final inning to make it 5-2 at the conclusion of the contest.
"I'm really proud of our team's growth over this weekend," Lions head coach Sami Strinz-Ward said. "We suffered a heartbreaker on Sunday with the loss to Arkansas, but that experience gave us what we needed to pull out the win with Utah. I'm loving how we are getting our bats going and truly using our entire team to earn these wins. Hannah [Bandimere] and Linnay [Wilson] did a great job for us today. I'm pleased with how our freshmen are playing like veterans as well."
LMU opens at home this Thursday, facing off against Hawai'i at 12 and 2:30 p.m. at Smith Field.
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