Lions Out of Luck, Fall to the Irish 4-3
A late seventh inning rally pushed the Fighting Irish past the Lions, 4-3.
March 13, 2012
Los Angeles, Calif. --
After leading for a majority of the game, the Lions snapped their five game winning streak with a 4-3 heartbreaker against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Tuesday afternoon.
The Lions (18-10) got off to a hot start early in the first inning as catcher Kathryn Dutton drilled a long single up the middle to center field, driving in Fischer and Nelson, giving the Lions an early 2-0 lead.
Notre Dame came fighting back in the top of the third inning with an RBI double, driving in their first run of the game. They soon followed after with Lauren Stuhr's solo home run to center field to tie the game at two.
The tie was broken in the bottom of the sixth inning as senior shortstop Sam Fischer did what she does best. With one out, Fischer sent the ball well over the center field wall, giving the Lions their lead back. The solo bomb was Fischer's 13th of the season. According to the most recent release of NCAA statistics, Fischer is ranked second in the nation in home runs (behind UTEP's Camilla Carrbera's 17) and third in the nation in both slugging percentage and batting average.
As the final inning arrived, RHP Molly Medeiros came into the game to replace RHP Dana Waldusky who went six innings with five hits and five strikeouts. With two outs and the bases loaded, Jenna Simon singled to center field, driving in two RBIs, giving the Irish their first lead of the game, 4-3.
The Lions were unable to strike back in the bottom of the seventh as pitcher Lauren Winter struck out both Pereda and Segura looking. Winters threw 11 strikeouts in her seven-inning appearance. RHP Molly Medeiros took the loss for the Lions. She currently sits at 13-5, ranked fourth in the nation in season wins.
Junior Dana Waldusky Named PCSC Pitcher of the Week.
On the brighter note, Junior RHP Dana Waldusky was named PCSC Coastal Division Pitcher of the Week this week. Waldusky threw a 3-0 no-hitter win on March 9th, the program's first no-hitter since 2008. The only two batters to reach base in that game were HBP. For the weekend, Dana finished 1-0 with a 1.70 ERA (12.1 IP, 3 ER) in three appearances, including two starts. She struck out eight while walking only one, and limited opponents to a .209 batting average. Waldusky allowed two hits in 1.1 scoreless innings of relief versus St. Joseph's and took a no decision in the start win over UC Riverside, a 7-6 win. Dana is currently 5-3 with 15 appearances and nine starts for the Lions.
Senior slugger Kelly Sarginson also earned a player of the week nomination a weekend going five for eleven with two home runs and six RBI.
The Lions remain home Wednesday as they host Iowa State in a double header starting at 11:00AM.