Lions Split at USD Tournament
LMU defeats Colorado State, falls to Nevada
Feb. 23, 2008
San Diego, CA - Rain in San Diego forced the rearrangement of games at the USD Tournament but that did not seem to affect LMU (9-4) as the Lions split their two games, beating Colorado State 1-0 and falling to Nevada 6-2.
With the day's opening game against Marshall cancelled, LMU started play instead with its regularly-scheduled game against Colorado State. In a classic pitcher's duel, senior Tiffany Pagano went toe-to-toe with Kim Klabough and came away with the victory, throwing her sixth complete-game of the season. Pagano (5-1) struck out seven and walked none, allowing just three hits on the afternoon.
Klabough was just as impressive, tossing a five-hitter and striking out 10. The Lions got to her in the fifth, however, pushing across the only run they would need. With one out, freshman Priscilla Satete reached on an error, moving to third on sophomore J.J. Hartung's double. Klabough struck out junior MiaSarah Cesena for the second out but junior Kirsten Slouber came through with a single up the middle to bring in the game's only run.
The Rams nearly struck back in the bottom of the frame, putting runners on first and second with one out. Pagano bore down and got out of the jam by striking out the next two hitters.
Hartung finished the game 2-for-3 while the other hits were picked up by Slouber, junior Chelsie Tysdal, and sophomore Darcy Pagnini. The win was the first for the Lions in five meetings against the Rams.
In the nightcap, Nevada wasted no time getting to sophomore Melissa Dykema, scoring three runs. LMU replied in the bottom of the first with a pair of runs thanks to two Wolf Pack errors. Slouber led off the inning, reaching on an error by UNR shortstop Danielle Patrick. One out later, Pagnini singled to center and the bases were loaded after another error by Patrick. Junior Megan Ackerman then got the Lions on the board with an RBI single and sophomore Christine Foley followed with a run-scoring single. The Lions would leave the bases loaded, however, and rue the chance they wasted.
Patrick atoned for her errors by leading off the second with a solo home run. Nevada added to its lead with single runs in the third and sixth while LMU failed to get a runner to second base the rest of the way off Richelle Villescas.
Dykema (4-3) was tagged with the loss, allowing five runs on eight hits in three innings. Pagano pitched the final four innings, giving up one unearned run on two hits. Tysdal and Ackerman each went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead LMU.
LMU's Sunday games against Nevada and UC Riverside have been cancelled. The Lions return to the field next week at the UTEP Tournament, where they will face Northern Colorado and UTEP on Friday, UC Riverside and Binghamton on Saturday, and Georgetown on Sunday.