March 12, 2013
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LOS ANGELES - LMU's 2013 Smith Field debut was a successful one as the Lions' softball team swept a doubleheader against Bethune Cookman, 5-4 and 7-1, Tuesday.
The Lions (13-11) won the first game in extra-innings as a back-and-forth affair took the teams to the bottom of the ninth inning. Tied 4-4 since the top of the sixth, it was freshman Stephanie Maciel who came up with the game-winning hit. Meghan von Behren started the two-out rally, beating out a single to short. Maciel then struck a floater into shallow left that was apparently lost in the sun by the fielder. The ball dropped and von Behren was able to score from first.
Bethune Cookman scored first in the game with a pair of runs in the second. LMU answered with two of its own in the home half of the inning, then took a 3-2 lead the third on a Wildcat fielding error.
The Wildcats answered back in the fourth, scoring on a bases loaded passed ball. In the fifth, Maciel singled home Hannah Montalban who led off the inning with a double, but once again Bethune Cookman knotted the score in the sixth.
The Lions had a chance to seal the victory in the seventh, loading the bases on a Sterling Shuster
double, Maciel single and a Nicole Clowdus
walk. But, with one out, Danielle Smith
flied out to shallow center and Maciel was caught off second for the inning-ending double play.
Sydney Gouveia (5-1) picked up the win in relief for the Lions. The rookie hurler tossed the final 3.2 innings, fanning seven while not allowing a hit, walk or run.
Montalban and Maciel had three hits apiece while fellow freshman von Behren had two.
In the nightcap, freshman Stephanie Crist launched a pair of home runs and Clowdus added one as the Lions pounded out 11 hits.
LMU scored two in the first, two in the second, one in the third, one in the fifth and one in the sixth.
Dana Waldusky, in her second start of the day, turned in a complete-game performance for her fourth win of the season. The senior struck out seven, walked zero and scattered 10 hits while only allowing one run.
Crist went 3-for-3 with RBIs and the two homers while Skylar Segura also had three hits. Clowdus had two hits, including the solo shot, and three other Lions tallied one hit apiece.
The Lions return to action Wednesday, hosting Northern Illinois at noon and North Dakota State at 2 p.m. NIU and NDSU will start the day by playing a neutral site game at 10 a.m. at Smith Field.