Five-Run Fifth Propels Lions Past Black Bears
Alex Finie and Sterling Shuster each drove in a pair of runs to lead LMU past Maine Monday.
March 3, 2014
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A five-run fifth inning, and yet another double-digit strikeout performance from pitcher Sydney Gouveia propelled the LMU softball team to a 7-1 win over Maine Monday in Clearwater, Fla.
Freshman designated hitter Alex Finie collected three hits and drove in three runs, including one in the big fifth inning, to lead the Lions at the plate. Fellow freshman Ander Lopez and junior Sterling Shuster each collected a pair of RBIs, while Shuster also had two hits.
Maine (0-2) struck first in the ball game, as EmJ Fogle's one-out sinlge scored Jessica Burke, who singled to lead off the inning. That would be all the scoring Gouveia and the Lion defense would allow, as the Black Bears managed just two hits the remainder of the game.
Gouveia finished with 11 strikeouts and just one walk for her eighth straight win.
The LMU bats broke through in the fifth as four hits and one error accounted for the five runs. Lopez collected two RBIs while reaching on an error, Finie singled in a run and a Shuster double sent two more across home plate.
The Lions (8-8) would add two more runs in the sixth on a two-RBI double to left by Finie.
The Lions remain in Clearwater, Fla., through Tuesday, playing a neutral site exhibition match-up against the Netherlands, before returning to Smith Field for the LMU Invitational I March 6-9.