Offense Deserts Lions in Hawaii
LMU falls 10-2 to Troy, 2-0 to DePaul
March 13, 2010
Honolulu, Hawaii - LMU's island adventure continued to be a wayward journey as the Lions dropped two more games on Saturday at the 2010 Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii. Solo home runs by junior Priscilla Satete and sophomore Kelly Sarginson were not enough in the first game, which LMU (3-11) dropped 10-2 in six innings to Troy. Senior Melissa Dykema threw a seven-hitter in the nightcap but the pitcher's duel went against the Lions, 2-0 to DePaul.
The day started with the final game in the round-robin portion of the tournament and Troy and LMU battling for their first wins of the week. In the first inning, junior Priscilla Satete gave the Lions their first lead in five games with a two-out solo home run, her second of the season.
The lead would not last long as Troy struck back with a run in the bottom of the second to tie it up before LMU's fielding woes from Friday resurfaced in the third. A leadoff single, stolen base, and illegal pitch put the go-ahead runner on third. Two singles, a double, another illegal pitch, a passed ball, and two errors then opened the door for the Trojans to take a 6-1 lead and chase Dykema from the contest.
LMU came right back with a run in the top of the fourth on Sarginson's first home run of the year. But LMU's solo homers were not enough to keep up with Troy, who tacked on a single run in the fourth, two in the fifth, and one more in the sixth off freshman Molly Medeiros.
Five different Lions collected a hit in the contest off Ashlyn Williams, who struck out 13 for the win. Dykema gave up six runs (three earned) on six hits in 2 2/3 innings for the loss.
Despite losses in their first three games of the tournament, LMU still had a chance to play in Sunday's championship game with a win over DePaul. Out trotted Dykema, who produced her best performance of the year with a complete-game seven-hitter. Unfortunately for her, five of the hits led to the two Blue Demon runs. Three of those singles came in the third to give DePaul their first run and a single and double in the sixth increased DePaul's advantage.
LMU's best scoring chance came in the first when sophomore Sam Fischer walked with two outs. Sarginson followed with a single to put runners on first and second but senior Darcy Pagnini grounded out to end the inning. The Lions would get just one base-runner, a fifth-inning Satete walk, off of Becca Heteniak the rest of the way.
Dykema (2-6) gave up two runs on seven hits in the loss while Heteniak tossed a two-hitter while striking out 10.
LMU and Troy will square off again Sunday at 3 p.m. in the consolation game.