Lions are Stunned by Broncos, Split Sunday Series
Defense falls short as the Lions take one and drop one against Santa Clara to open up PCSC play.
April 1, 2012
Los Angeles, Calif. --
As PCSC play gets underway, the Lions are stunned by Santa Clara as they split Sunday's double header with a 9-1 win in six innings in game one and a shocking heartbreaker in game two, losing 9-7 by giving up nine runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and erasing a 7-0 lead. The Lions end the weekend 24-13 overall and 2-2 in PCSC play.
LMU 9, Santa Clara, 1 (6)
Junior RHP Dana Waldusky dominated the circle in game one. Waldusky breezed through the first three innings without giving up a hit. Recording seven strikeouts, she completed her fourth complete game and earned her ninth win. Waldusky was in the zone throughout the entire game, throwing just 68 pitches in six innings.
Olivia Alverez got things started right away for the Lions, batting in the DH slot. Alvarez connected on a fastball away with a three run bomb over the right center wall to give the Lions a 3-0 lead right out of the gate in the first inning.
The hits continued to come as freshmen Sterling Shuster singled up the middle to drive in runners on second and third. Shuster drove in 3 RBIs for the game.
In the top of the eighth inning, senior Sam Fischer drove in her 43 RBI, on a double to left center, her 14th double of the year. Olivia Alvarez continued to bring in the RBIs as she drove Fisher home on a shot over the Bronco's second basemen to put the Lions up 9-0 after five and a half innings.
LMU, 7 Santa Clara, 9
The sun was out and the wind was blowing for game two as the Lions, again jumped out to a big lead early in the game. Sophomore Samantha Nelson recorded her second home run of the season on a three run shot to dead center, sailing over the wall, putting the Lions up 4-0 after just two innings.
The middle of the game was an all out pitchers duel as Medeiros and Santa Clara's Turner put up a battle, with four scoreless innings.
Sophomore Meghan Harman broke that spell with a solo home run in the sixth inning that just barely made it past the left field foul ball pole, giving the Lions a 5-0 lead. This was Harman's second home run of the season. Kelly Sarginson and Olivia Alvarez were able to drive in an RBI a piece in the top of the sixth inning to cushion the Lions lead 7-0.
The bottom of the sixth inning changed everything. Santa Clara's last effort push in the bottom of the sixth inning began with Briana Knight's two run home run to center field. The Lions decided to take out RHP Molly Medeiros and brought in Waldusky to close out the game. The Broncos kept swinging adding their third and fourth run to their line in the sixth inning scoring on fielding errors by Sarginson and Harman. A base hit single up the middle turned with a poor fielding decision brought home a fifth run for the Broncos who were suddenly back in the game. Breezy Bernard connected for a base hit single up the middle driving in Santa Clara's sixth run of the inning. Briana Knight, who connected on a home run earlier in the inning, went yard for the second time that inning, this time, her shot went well over the left field wall, scoring in three runs and giving the Broncos their fist lead of the game 9-7.
Junior RHP Molly Medeiros started the game looking to redeem herself for her tough outing Saturday that had her replaced within one inning. Molly went five and a half innings, giving up six hits and recording five strikeouts. Waldusky (9-5) earned the loss for game two, entering the game in the sixth inning, giving up four hits and six runs.
The Lions look to recover next weekend as they take on Cal State Bakersfield at Bakersfield on Friday and Saturday to try and improve their PCSC record.