Pitching, Long Ball Lead Lions to 2-0 Start at Home
Sydney Gouveia has 30 strikeouts in her past two appearances as the Lions start a 16-game home stand with back-to-back wins.
March 7, 2014
LOS ANGELES - Behind back-to-back double-digit strikeout performances from Sydney Gouveia, the LMU softball team made its 2014 debut on Smith Field with a pair of wins at its own LMU Invitational Thursday and Friday.
The Lions (10-8) opened tournament play with a 3-2, 8-inning win over Lehigh on Thursday, the followed with a 5-0 shutout of Brown on Friday.
Gouveia (10-1) was brilliant in both appearances, collecting a combined 30 strikeouts while walking one and giving up seven hits in 15 innings of work.
Lehigh would score a pair of runs on a Morgan Decker home run in the first inning, but Gouveia would hold the Mountain Hawks scoreless for the remainder of play.
A Meghan Harman RBI double and an unearned run off a Lehigh fielding error, knotted the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the third. That score would stand until the bottom of the eight. With the international tie break rule in effect, Sterling Shuster laid down a sacrifice bunt, sending Breeanna Sandoval to third. Stephanie Maciel then followed with a single up the middle, driving in the game-winning run.
Against Brown, the Lions broke open a 1-0 lead by posting a four-spot in the fifth inning. Alex Finie launched a solo home run over the left field fence and Sterling Shuster followed two batters later with a three-run bomb.
Gouveia delivered a 17-strikeout performance for her 10th win of the season. She did not issue a walk and gave up just two hits - a single in the first and one in the fourth.
The Lions' 16-game home stand continues Saturday when they face Belmont at 11 a.m. and Brown at 1 p.m. Tournament play concludes for the Lions on Sunday at 1 p.m. against Brown.
PARKING NOTICE: On Saturday, March 8, campus roads will be CLOSED from 7:45-9:30 am due to a 5K run. Fans arriving on the LMU campus via the Lincoln Blvd. entrance MUST arrive prior to 7:30 am. Pedestrian access will remain available via both Lincoln Blvd. as well as the 80th street entrance.
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