Upsets Not in the Cards for Lions
LMU falls 5-1 to #19 UNC, 13-1 to #3 Florida
March 7, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. - There would be no Oscar Sunday upsets as LMU went down to a pair of ranked foes on the final day of the DeMarini Invitational Sunday in Fullerton, Calif. The Lions (3-7) dropped the day's opening game 5-1 to 19th-ranked North Carolina before falling 13-1 to #3 Florida in a a game that had been postponed from Saturday due to rain.
North Carolina got all of its production in innings 2-through-4, scoring once each in the second and third before pulling away with a three-run fourth. The Tar Heels (15-3) used small-ball for their first run, with Kelsey Green driving in the game's first run with a single after a hit batter and sacrifice bunt had put a runner in scoring position.
UNC doubled its lead in the third on a sacrifice fly before Kelli Wheeler's two-run home made it 4-0 in the fourth. A double, bunt, and infield single accounted for UNC's fifth run.
Junior Priscilla Satete got the Lions on the board with her first career home run, a solo shot in the seventh for her second of two hits in the game.
Senior Melissa Dykema (2-4) took the loss, allowing all five runs on 11 hits. Amber Johnson (8-2) got the win, limiting the Lions to five hits.
In the day's second game, Florida (16-2) showed why it deserved its high ranking after reaching the national championship series last year. The Gators got things going right away as Aja Paculba led off the game with a home run off freshman Molly Medeiros (0-3). The Gators would tack on a second run in the first and then explode for eight runs in the seconds to blow the game open.
LMU pulled a run back in the fourth on senior Darcy Pagnini's team-leading third home run of the year but UF added three more in the fifth for the final tally. Pagnini's home run and junior Jennifer Nayudu's first-inning single would account for LMU's only hits as sophomore Sam Fischer saw her hitting streak halted at nine games.
Medeiros was tagged for 10 runs on nine hits in 1 2/3 innings before freshman Erica Grady finished things off with 3 1/3 innings of work.
LMU closes out nearly a month of road trips next week at the Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament in Honolulu, Hawai'i. The Lions open play Friday against DePaul before a rematch with the hosts, who beat LMU 8-0 in Los Angeles on February 23. LMU will then face Troy on Saturday morning before the knock-out portion of the bracket begins.
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