Lions Take Two on Day Two
Sterling Shuster went 4-for-4 to lead LMU past Canisius and Courtney Moore provided the game-winning RBI versus Bethune-Cookman.
March 20, 2014
LOS ANGELES - The LMU softball team put together a pair of come-from-behind wins Thursday, moving to 3-0 at their own LMU Invitational II. The Lions opened the day with a 9-8 win over Canisius, then followed with a 3-2 victory over Bethune-Cookman.
The opener against Canisius was a slugfest as the teams combined for 27 total hits and 17 runs.
The Golden Griffins pushed a pair of runs across home plate in the top of the first, but the Lions (16-10) responded in the bottom of the inning on RBI hits by Meghan Harman, Sterling Shuster and Amanda Dirks.
LMU would tack on another run in the second to take a 4-2 lead, but Canisius would explode for six runs in the third on six hits and one LMU error.
Trailing 8-4, the Lions would score an unearned run in the bottom of the third, then add two more in the fourth and two in the fifth. Meghan von Behren's two-out, two-RBI single in the fifth would provide LMU with the go-ahead runs and a 9-8 lead it would not relinquish.
Andy Wellins, who tossed four innings of relief for the Lions, earned her first collegiate win. The rookie struck out one and scattered six hits while allowing just one run. Fellow freshman Rachael Farrington pitched a scoreless seventh, to earn her first save.
Shuster finished a perfect 4-for-4 with three RBIs while von Behren went 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Breeanna Sandoval also collected two hits and scored two runs for LMU.
In the nightcap against the Wildcats, the Lions turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 victory with two runs in the fourth and the go-ahead in the sixth.
Freshman catcher Courtney Moore provided the eventual game-winning RBI as her ground out in the sixth send Dirks across home plate for the Lions' third run of the game.
Farrington (2-4) picked up her second straight complete-game victory. She finished with three strikeouts while scattering six hits and two unearned runs. The freshman also fielded her position to perfection, finishing with nine assists and no errors.
The Lions return to action on Saturday, March 22, facing UC Riverside at 11 a.m. and Canisius at 3 p.m. They will close out tournament play on Sunday against Dartmouth (11 a.m.) and Cal Poly (1 p.m.).