March 9, 2013
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CLEARWATER, Fla. - Behind a 10-strikeout, complete-game performance from Sydney Gouveia and clutch seventh-inning hitting from Olivia Alvarez and Hannah Montalban, the LMU softball team earned a 2-1 win over Central Michigan to open play at the USF Under Armour Showcase Saturday.
Sterling Shuster provided the game's first run, launching a leadoff home run in the top of the second. The Chippewas answered in the home half of the sixth, manufacturing a run on three hits.
But the Lions delivered in the seventh as Alvarez led off with a singe to right, advanced to second on a Shuster sacrifice bunt and scored on a Montalban single.
In LMU's second game of the day, a late-inning rally fell just short in a 5-3 loss to Chattanooga. The Mocs scored three runs on three hits and an LMU fielding error in the bottom of the first.
The Lions posted a pair of runs in the fourth on a Harman homer to left, but Chattanooga pushed the lead back to three with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning.
Harman's second long ball of the game, a solo shot in the sixth, cut the Lions' deficit to two, but they could not push another run across the plate, finishing with a split on the day.
Harman, Danielle Smtih and Skylar Segura all had a pair of hits in the game.
Dana Waldusky took the loss for LMU, giving up eight hits in four innings. Four LMU fielding errors were costly as three of the Mocs' five runs were unearned.
The Lions (10-11) conclude tournament play, and their 12-game swing in Florida, on Sunday facing Northwestern at 6 a.m. PT.