March 11, 2012
With an almost healthy roster comes greater success as the Lions welcomed back Meghan Harman and Kathryn Dutton to the lineup after the two battled injuries in the earlier half of pre-season. With an even deeper bench then before, the Lions were able to sweep their way through the Amy S. Harrison Classic with their win over UC Riverside, a 7-6 extra inning battle.
In the second inning, Sophomore catcher Kathryn Dutton got her season started on the right foot by drilling an RBI single to center field, driving home Kelly Sarginson from second base. UC Riverside came right back at the Lions with an RBI single to center field, keeping the game close throughout the first four innings as the Lions trailed 2-1.
The Highlanders rallied in the bottom of the fifth inning after a lead off home run by Kayla White, and two RBI singles gave Riverside a 5-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth. Junior Skylar Segura was able to drive in one run for the Lions off a double to center field, but the Lions still continued to trail, 5-2.
With the game on the line, the Lion's stepped up to the plate, recording four consecutive hits by Samantha Nelson, Danielle Smith, Sterling Shuster (RBI), and Sam Fischer (RBI double) and a sacrifice fly RBI by Kelly Sarginson to tie the game at 5.
Junior Molly Medeiros (12-4) came in to relief Stevie Goldstein, and led the Lions out of the bottom of the 7th and into extra innings. With Meghan Harman on base, Senior Brittany Pereda sent the ball over the left field wall to give the Lion's the first lead of the day and ultimately, the go-ahead run to win the game. This was Pereda's fourth home run of the season and the Lions took the extra inning win over the Highlanders 7-6.
The Lions are back home for a week long stretch of home games as they host Utah State on Monday at 1:00pm