Bennett Powers Lions to Split

Feb. 24, 2006

Box Score

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Hillaree Bennett hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs to lead LMU to a 7-2 victory over Indiana State in the first game of the Aztec Invitational. However, the LMU bats were cooled off by Colorado State, and the Lions fell 2-0 to the Rams in their second game of the day.

Bennett's grand slam in the third inning against ISU (0-1) broke a 0-0 tie in the morning game of the Aztec Invitiational. Brittany Bassett opened the inning by reaching on an error, and Megan Ackerman followed her with a single. Two outs later, Margo Pineda loaded the bases with a single and set the stage for Bennett's grand slam. It is Bennett's first home run at LMU and would be the first of two in the game.

Indiana State got two runs back in the bottom of the fourth inning, but LMU added another run in the top of the sixth to give themselves some breathing room and make it 5-2. MiaSarah Cenena walked, stole second base and advanced to third on Bassett's single. She came around to score on Chelsie Tysdal's RBI single.

Another Bennett home run gave LMU its final margin of victory. Pineda singled up the middle to open the top of the seventh, and Bennett hit a two run home run to make the score 7-2.

Samantha Lavino (3-2) earned the victory, allowing two earned runs and six hits in the complete game. She struck out four and walked three. Bennett, Pineda, Ackerman and Bassett all finished with two hits for the Lions. Darcy Wood (0-1) took the loss for Indiana State, allowing three earned runs and striking out seven.

LMU's bats cooled off in the second game of the day against Colorado State. LMU managed just two hits off of Rams' starter Jessica Strickland, and fell 2-0. Tiffany Pagano allowed earned runs for the first time this season, with both runs being earned. She struck out six, walked two and allowed seven hits in the complete game effort.



Kirsten Slouber and Bennett managed the only hits for LMU. Strickland struck out four and did not walk a batter in 7.0 innings of work to improve to 5-4. Pagano falls to 2-2.

LMU is 5-4 heading into Saturday's game against Wagner at 6:00pm.



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