Lions Gain First Home Win, 4-3 over North Dakota
LMU rallies from 3-1 deficit
March 17, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Junior Sam Fischer doubled home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth and sophomore Molly Medeiros tossed a five-hitter to lead LMU to its first home victory of 2011, 4-3 over North Dakota on Thursday's third day of the 2011 Marina International Hotel Showcase at Smith Field. The Lions (8-15) trailed 3-1 but rallied to snap a five-game winless streak.
Fischer, who entered the game in a 1-for-15 slump, broke out with a 2-for-3 effort that included the game-winning RBI in the sixth. With the game tied at 3-3, sophomore Danielle Smith, who also had two hits, led off with a bunt single and was sacrificed to second. Fischer then came through with her team-leading 14th RBI and ninth double of the season by smashing a liner off the wall in left-center to bring Smith around. It was Smith's 31st double of her career, moving her into sole possession of 10th place on the LMU record list.
North Dakota (5-16) had a chance to tie or perhaps take the lead in the top of the seventh when a walk and a single helped put runners on second and third with two outs. Medeiros got the better of the matchup with pinch-hitter Courtney Gonzales, though, striking her out to end the game.
Medeiros improved to 5-3 on the season with her fifth complete game. She struck out seven and walked two in the five-hitter, allowing just a pair of earned runs.
Michelle Frank was tagged with the loss for the Fighting Sioux after going 2 2/3 innings in relief of starter Emma Gronseth. Frank gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out three. Gronseth lasted 3 1/3 innings, conceding two runs (one earned) on six hits and three walks.
The early inings were about missed opportunities for the Lions. After each team pushed across a run in the first inning, LMU left the bases loaded in the second and had stranded six runners, including five in scoring position, over the first three frames.
Those stranded runners seemed to be telling as North Dakota went ahead 3-1 in the fourth on Brittany Baker's two-run homer to center. Yet the Lions came back to tie it in the bottom of the inning. Senior Jennifer Nayudu extended her hitting streak to nine games with a one-out double off the wall in right and went to third on a ground out. Senior Amy Charpentier struck out for what would have been the third out but the ball got away from the catcher, allowing Charpentier to reach first and Nayudu to scamper home. A Fischer single kept the inning alive and Charpentier tied things up when junior Kelly Sarginson's roller to third went through the fielder's legs.
LMU will take on Utah Valley at 3 p.m. in the last of four games scheduled on Friday in the six-day tournament. The day gets started at 9 a.m. with Bethune-Cookman vs. North Dakota.
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