Moore, Dirks Homer in Lion Split
The Lions rallied in game one but could not hold the lead in game two against Providence.
LOS ANGELES - A five-run sixth inning propelled LMU softball to a 5-3 win over visiting Providence College Tuesday afternoon at Smith Field, while a late rally gave the Friars the doubleheader split in an 8-7, eight inning second game.
The Lions move to 10-15 overall while Providence now sits at 2-9 on the season.
It was a pitchers' duel through most of game one as Rachael Farrington and Taylor Huntly scattered hits, but did not allow many threatening opportunities. The Friars would eventually break through in the fourth with a leadoff single and sacrifice bunt, followed by back-to-back singles that would score pinch runner Paige Mulry.
With just four hits through five innings, the Lions offense finally found its stride in the sixth as five big hits led to five runs. Stephanie Maciel led off the inning with a double to left and would score on a Stephanie Crist single through the left side. Sabrina Tebou's bases loaded ground out to second allowed Amanda Dirks to cross home plate for the go ahead run before Courntey Moore blasted a three-run homer over the left field fence to make it 5-1, LMU.
The Friars would rally for a pair of runs in the seventh, but Farrington closed things out with an intentional walk to load the bases, followed by a fly out to left. The sophomore scattered 10 hits for three earned runs in her seventh win of the season.
In game two, Providence took a 5-2 lead through four innings, but LMU would battle back with four runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-5 lead. The Friars answered in the sixth, knotting the score at 6-6. Both teams would add a single run in the seventh, forcing extra innings.
In the eighth, with the international tie breaker in effect, Providence pushed a single run across the plate, courtesy a Shanelle Harrell single. The Lions were unable to answer as Farrington, who tossed the final 2.1 innings, took the loss.
Dirks, Crist and Alex Finie each had two hits in the nightcap game. Dirks led the way with three RBIs, including two on a home run to left that cleared the high tennis court netting, a feat that LMU Head Coach Gary Ferrin stated had only happened three previous times in Smith Field history.
The Lions head to Sacramento this weekend, taking part in the Capital Classic March 13-15, hosted by Sacramento State. LMU will face Grand Canyon, Penn State and the host Hornets during the round-robin play.
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