March 16, 2013
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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Sydney Gouveia fanned a single-game program record 17 batters and the Lion battery collected 10 hits as the LMU softball team earned a 4-0 shutout of host Cal State Northridge in the opening game of the Cal State Northridge Invitational Saturday at Matador Diamond. A late-inning comeback came up just short in the Lions' second game as they fell 6-5 to Seattle.
Gouveia, who has now struck out 10 or more batters in her last four straight starts, improved to 8-1 on the year with her 17 K performance. She carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, the lone Matador hit coming on a two-out bunt single. Only three other runners reached base for CSUN in the game, as a fielding error in the second allowed Jennifer Taylor on base and Gouveia hit a pair of batters in the seventh before recorded a pop out and strikeout to end the game.
The rookie hurler got great support from her battery as Hannah Montalban, Skylar Segura, Olivia Alvarez and Stephanie Maciel each had a pair of hits while Stephanie Crist and Meghan von Behren added one each.
Two walks and an Alvarez RBI single put the Lions on the board in the top of the first. Montalban singled in a run in the fourth and a Segura double to left made it 3-0. LMU added one more run in the sixth as Alvarez's bases-loaded single scored Montalban.
The Lions would also score first against the Redhawks, as a bases-loaded ground out by Crist pushed a run across home plate. But Seattle responded with two runs in the second and four in the third in four hits and two LMU fielding errors to take a commanding 6-1 lead.
Gouveia entered in relief with two outs in the third and immediately recorded her 18th strikeout of the day. She tossed the final 4.1 innings, striking out eight while allowing just one hit. But despite managing two runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth, the Lions could not battle all the way back out of the five-run hole.
Samantha Nelson led LMU with three hits while Montalban, Meghan Harman, Breeanna Sandovol and Nicole Clowdus each had one RBI-hit.
Dana Waldusky (4-10) took the loss in the circle, surrendering four hits and two walks for three runs (two earned) in two innings. Crist gave up three runs (one earned) on three hits in 0.2 innings of relief.
The Lions (15-13), Matadors and Redhawks are all back in action Sunday beginning with an LMU-Seattle rematch at 9:30 a.m. LMU and CSUN will close out weekend play with a 2:30 p.m. start.