Upsets Not in the Cards for Lions

Junior Priscilla Satete hit her first career home run against UNC. (Photo by Scott Cunningham)
Junior Priscilla Satete hit her first career home run against UNC. (Photo by Scott Cunningham)

March 7, 2010

Box Score

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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