Long Ball Propels Lions to Split
Four Lions launched home runs Sunday morning as the Lions ran away with a 9-3 victory over Dartmouth.
March 23, 2014
LOS ANGELES - Four Lions launched home runs Sunday morning as the LMU softball team ran away with a 9-3 victory over Dartmouth on the final day of the LMU Invitational II. The Lions finished with a split on the day, falling 7-0 to Cal Poly in the tournament's final game.
LMU moved to 17-13 on the season after going 4-3 in tournament play. They were without the services of ace Sydney Gouveia (12-1, 0.60 ERA) all week due to a lingering back injury.
Against the Big Green, Sterling Shuster got things started with a three-run blast in the bottom of the first. Dartmouth would answer with a three-run homer of their own, courtesy of Ashely Sissel, in the top of the second. But back-to-back solo shots by Meghan Harman and Amanda Dirks in third opened up a 5-3 LMU lead.
Stephanie Maciel would open the fourth inning with her second long ball of the season, Shuster provided a two-run single and Dirks delivered an RBI-double to push the Lion lead to six.
Rachael Farrington (3-5) collected the complete-game victory in the circle after striking out two and scattering six hits and a pair of walks.
LMU could not find the same offense against the Mustangs, as Cal Poly's Sierra Hyland and Chloe Wurst combined to pitch a three-hit shutout.
Cal Poly pushed single runs across the plate in the second and third before opening up the game with a three-run fourth. The Mustangs tacked on two more in the fifth for the final 7-0 spread.
LMU will have a single day off from action before returning to the field on Tuesday, March 25 to host UMKC in a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.