Extra Innings Sweep
It took a total of 18 complete innings, but the LMU softball team earned a doubleheader PCSC sweep of Santa Clara Friday.
March 29, 2013
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Behind a pair of quality pitching performances from Sydney Gouveia and Dana Waldusky, the LMU softball team earned a pair of extra-inning wins against Pacific Coast Softball Conference foe Santa Clara Friday.
The Lions won game one, 2-1, in 10 innings and game two, 5-3, eight eight innings, improving to 21-16 overall and 4-2 in PCSC play. The Broncos fall to 3-26 overall and 0-2 in the PCSC.
In the opener, Gouveia (11-2) fanned a dozen, walked one and allowed four hits in 10 complete innings. The lone run she allowed to the Broncos was unearned.
Offense was at a premium as neither team could string together multiple hits in an inning until the LMU fifth. In the frame, Sterling Shuster led off with a double down the left-field line and, three batters later, scored on a Nicole Clowdus double to center.
Santa Clara would tie the game 1-1 in the home half of the fifth when Krista Jensen reached on an error by Shuster, advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on a Sam Fisher double to center.
In the top of the 10th, with the international tie-break rule in effect, Clowdus would provide the game-winning hit. Shuster began the inning on second, advanced to third when the Broncos misplayed an attempted sacrifice bunt by Stephanie Maciel and scored on Clowdus' single.
Gouveia then shut the door in the bottom of the 10th, recorded a line out and back-to-back strikeouts for the win.
In the nightcap, the Lions stranded 11 runners on base and managed just six hits, but took full advantage of five Santa Clara errors.
Danielle Smith led off the game with a walk and would give LMU a 1-0 lead by scoring on an error by left fielder Fisher.
With the bases loaded in the third, the Lions added a second unearned run, this time taking advantage of Santa Clara throwing the ball away on an attempted double play.
The Broncos got one run back in the fifth, but LMU responded in the seventh when Montalban led off with a double, advanced to third on a Meghan Harman single and scored when the center fielder misplayed the ball.
Santa Clara rallied in the bottom of the seventh, knotting the score at 3-3. But the Lions would respond again. Pinch runner Meghan von Behren scored on a wild pitch and Maciel scored on a Montalban single to right.
Walduksy improved to 5-12 on the year in her seventh complete game. The senior struck out four, did not allow a hit until the fifth inning and surrendered just one earned run.
The Lions and Broncos conclude their four-game series Saturday with first pitch of the doubleheader scheduled for noon at the SCU Softball Field.