LMU Drops Two To Lopes
The Lions fell twice to Grand Canyon Wednesday at Smith Field.
LOS ANGELES - The LMU softball team dropped a pair of games to Grand Canyon Wednesday afternoon at Smith Field by scores of 12-5 and 3-1.
The two games featured contrasting styles as the opener featured 25 total hits, 17 total runs and five fielding errors. The nightcap, however, was a pitchers' duel featuring an 1-1 tie that would not break until the seventh inning.
The Lions (21-14) were forced to battle from behind in game one as the Lopes (24-10) found their way to starting pitcher Rachael Farrington early. GCU posted five runs on five hits and one LMU fielding error in the top of the first.
Trailing 7-2 heading into the bottom of the fourth, Meghan von Behren would send Sterling Shuster home on an double to left field. Shuster led off the inning with a walk. LMU continued to battle in the fifth, scoring two runs courtesy a passed ball and a Sabrina Tebou RBI-single up the middle.
Having clawed to within two runs, 7-5, the Lions' comeback was thwarted in the sixth, as the Lopes exploded for four runs on three hits and an LMU error. They would add one more run in the seventh for the final 12-5 score.
von Behren, Maciel and Amanda Dirks had two hits each to lead LMU at the plate.
LMU scored first in the nightcap game. Mariel reached on a one-out walk, advanced to second when Alicia Brown reached on an error, advanced to third on an Amanda Dirks walk and scored on a Hannah Montalbano's single to center.
Grand Canyon responded with a run of their own in the third, knotting the score at 1-1.
It would be the Lopes who finally broke the tie score in the top of the seventh, posting a pair of runs on a sacrifice fly and a fielding error by LMU pitcher Hannah Bandimere.
LMU looked to rally in the final frame, getting runners on the corners with one out. But the game would end when Dirks grounded into a double play.
Despite a season-high eight strikeouts, Bandimere (10-7) took the loss for the Lions. Montalban had two of the Lions' six hits while four others had one hit apiece.
LMU is back in action Tuesday, March 29 at UC Santa Barbara.
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