von Behren, Crist Power Lions Past Crimson

Freshman Meghan von Behren hit her first collegaite home run Wednesday.

Freshman Meghan von Behren hit her first collegaite home run Wednesday.

March 20, 2013

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LOS ANGELES - Freshmen Stephanie Crist and Meghan von Behren each homered in the fifth inning, with von Behren providing the eventual game-winner, as the LMU softball team held on for a 8-7 win over visiting Harvard Wednesday at Smith Field.

The game was the final tune-up for the Lions before Pacific Coast Softball Conference play begins Saturday and Sunday at Cal State Bakersfield. LMU stands at 17-14 overall while the Crimson drop to 5-10 on the year.

LMU opened the game with a five-run first, but saw the lead slowly slip away. Harvard responded with an Emily Gusse solo home run in the second and a pair of runs in the third - one unearned and one on a passed ball. The Crimson would knot the score at 5-5 with a two-RBI single up the middle by Adrienne Hume.

The Lions rallied in the home half of the fifth as Crist launched a one-out, full count home run over the left field fence. Two batters later Sterling Shuster reached on a fielder's choice, putting one on for von Behren. With two outs, the freshman sent her 0- pitch over the right-center field wall for her first collegiate home run and an 8-5 LMU lead.



Harvard made things interesting in the sixth scoring a pair of runs on three hits, but Crist, who came into pitch in the fifth, got Haley Davis to strikeout swinging to end the inning. Both teams then went three-up, three-down in the seventh and the Lions held on for the one-run win.

Von Behren went 2-for-3 with three RBIs to lead the LMU battery. Crist added a pair of hits, while four other Lions collected one hit apiece.

In her seventh relief appearance of the season, Crist earned her first decision, moving to 1-0 on the year. Sydney Gouveia pitched the first four inning, striking our four.

The 24-game PCSC slate gets underway this weekend as the Lions travel to Cal State Bakersfield for a four-game series. First pitch on Saturday and Sunday is scheduled for noon.



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