Lions blanked 8-0 by #23 Ohio State in weekend finale
Feb. 22, 2009
Cathedral City, CA - For the second time in three days, LMU found itself facing a top-25 opponent. And for the second time in three days, LMU found itself on the losing end, dropping an 8-0 decision to #23 Ohio State in five innings on Saturday night in the final game of the Cathedral City Classic. The Lions (8-7) went 2-3 at the tournament.
Playing its third straight 8:30 p.m. game, LMU was looking for a different result than the previous two, having been shut out 5-0 by both #9 Tennessee and Georgia Tech, mustering just one hit in each contest. The Lions did slightly better against the Buckeyes with three hits but the result was no better.
LMU had a chance to break through in the first when senior Kirsten Slouber walked and stole second, advancing to third on an error. She would be stranded there, however, as OSU starter Lindsay Bodeker struck out the side. Bodeker struck out the side again in the second as she recorded the first seven outs via the K. Slouber broke up the no-hitter with a single in the third but Ohio State broke open the scoreless tie with four runs in the third thanks to a bases-loaded walk, a two-run single by Karisa Medrano, and a double steal that made it 4-0.
The Lions challenged once more in the fourh when junior Darcy Pagnini doubled with one out. Medrano would get out of it with a strikeout and fly out as OSU added three home runs in the final two innings to complete the scoring.
Slouber had quite the night, reaching in both of her plate appearances while making her collegiate pitching debut. The senior came on in relief of junior starter Melissa Dykema (3-3), who allowed five runs (four earned) on three hits in four innings. Bodeker (4-0) finished with 11 strikeouts in the three-hitter.
The Lions play next weekend at the Eller Media Stadium Tournament in Las Vegas, NV.
- GO LIONS -