Super Saturday Sweep for the Lions
LMU Softball sweeps Cal State Northridge in a five inning blow out and a ten inning nail biter to improve to 22-11 heading into conference season.
March 24, 2012
Los Angeles, Calif. -- In their first matchup since 2006, LMU Softball showed Cal State Northridge that a lot had changed in six years. After dominating the first game with a 9-0 five inning victory, the Lions then went on to play a ten inning marathon as both Stevie Goldstein and Dana Waldusky competed in an all out pitchers duel against Northridge's Mia Pagano. The Lions earned a 2-1 extra inning win, sweeping the Matadors.
Game 1-- LMU, 9 CSUN, 0 (5)
When Waldusky is in the zone, the defense is sharp and the bats are hot, the Lions had the recipe for success in game one of Saturday's double header.
Sterling Shuster got things started with a base hit right through the right side. This set up senior slugger Sam Fischer to do what she does best. With a 0-2 count, Fischer took a pitch that was high and inside and pulled it out over the left field wall, registering her 15th home run of the season. The Lions continued to work CSUN pitcher Shelly Tait as Kelly Sarginson reached on a dropped fly ball while Brittany Pereda singled past the shortstop to put two aboard. Sophomore Kathryn Dutton hit a short chopper to drive both runners in. The Lions jumped out to a 4-0 lead.
With a short staffed bullpen, the Lions did their best in the field to keep Waldusky's pitch count low. Defense for the day was highlighted in the second inning on a diving play by second baseman and freshman Sterling Shuster who cut off the line drive and shoveled the ball to Sarginson at first to record the third out.
The Lion's defense was put to the test in the top of the fourth inning. With one out and the bases loaded Samantha Nelson made a diving catch on a low fly ball to right field, popping up off the ground and sending the ball back to Sarginson at first who tagged out the runner out first and getting the Lions out of a bind.
The Matadors, who learned the lesson the first time, continually walked Sam Fischer with the hopes that the bottom of the order would be easier to handle. Unfortunately for the Matadors, there were plenty more hits in store. As Sarginson and Pereda continued to connect base hit singles, PCSC Player of the Week Skylar Segura recorded her ninth double of the season, driving in two runs and advancing to third on the throw. RBIs came from all sides of the lineup as Olivia Alverez entered the game in the fourth inning, pinch hitting for Ahlo and drove in the Lion's ninth run of the game. After four innings the Lions led 9-0.
Junior transfer Dana Waldusky (8-4) threw a one hitter, recoding two strike outs and walking one. Dana earned the Lion's final out of the game as she gloved a line drive rocket heading straight towards her to seal the deal and give her the win.
Game 2 - LMU 2, CSUN 1 (10)
It was an all out pitchers duel as game two moved just as quickly as game one until the extra innings. A long home run to left field put the Matadors up 1-0 after two innings. Third baseman Meghan Harman and first baseman Kelly Sarginson held the defense together recording 29 putouts collectively throughout ten innings.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth, Samantha Nelson's single to shortstop was bobbled by Northridge pitcher Mia Pagano to drive in the tying run.
Sophomore Stevie Goldstein went 6.2 innings with 1 strikeout. With one out and one runner on in the top of the seventh, Waldusky, fresh off her one-hitter came in to relive Goldstein and keep the game tied at one.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Lions were looking to walk away with a victory. With two outs, Kylie Ahlo's ground ball to third base was overthrown, keeping Alverez safe on third and Ahlo safe at first. Meghan Harman worked the count until she was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Samantha Nelson. With 2-0 count, Nelson was unable to bring home the runner home, sending the game into extra innings.
In the top of the eighth, Waldusky showed off her stamina and speed by striking out Northridge's four and five slot batters, keeping the game tied 1-1. However, the Lions were unable to come up with any runs in the bottom of the eighth.
The Lions took their defense to the next level in the top of the tenth as Harman, Fischer, and Shuster completed a double play run down that took out both the placed runner on second and the runner on first in one at bat.
With one out and runners on first and second, Sterling Shuster's hard hit grounder bounced past the third baseman and drove in the go ahead run the Lions needed to secure the Saturday sweep. Shuster hit the best for the Lions in game two, going 4x6, including the game winner. Junior Dana Waldusky earned her second win of the day (8-4) recording four strikeouts.
The Lions look to PCSC conference play next week as they host