March 13, 2013
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LOS ANGELES - Freshman Sydney Gouveia fanned a season-high 12 batters Wednesday at Smith Field, propelling the LMU softball team to a 3-0 shutout of Northern Illinois. The Lions would later drop a 5-0 decision to North Dakota State to finish with a split on the day.
Along with her dozen strikeouts, Gouveia (6-1) surrendered just two hits and one walk in the complete seven-inning game. She had a no-hitting going into the fifth before Delani Vest knocked a one-out single up the middle. The Huskies would also get a single in the sixth.
LMU's offense posted one run in the first, one in the fourth and one in the sixth. Hannah Montalban scored on a Meghan Harman sacrifice fly. Meghan von Behren singled home Stephanie Crist in the fourth after Crist reached on a double to left-center. Sterling Shuster tallied the game's final run after reaching on a double and scoring on a Breeanna Sandovol single.
The Lions had nine hits in the game including two each by Montalban, Crist and Shuster.
In the nightcap, however, NDSU's Whitney Johnson kept the LMU bats silent as she struck out nine, walked one and allied four hits. The Lions would only reach scoring position once in the game, when a pair of singles in the sixth put runners on first and second with one out. But Johnson got the next two batters to fly out to end the inning.
Dana Waldusky lasted just 2.2 innings for LMU, giving up five hits for five runs. Just two were earned however, as a fielding error in the third led to three unearned runs that opened up the game.
Crist entered in relief for the final 4.1 innings and held the Bison off the board for the balance of the game.
The Lions (14-12) take a two-day break from action before heading to Cal State Northridge for a pair of games each against the host Matadors and Seattle University on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.