von Behren, Crist Power Lions Past Crimson
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.
March 20, 2013
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.