Softball Splits PCSC Opener with Saint Mary's
Pitcher Samantha Lavino goes the distance for the 1-0 game two win.
April 3, 2004
Moraga, Calif. - Loyola Marymount softball split a doubleheader with Saint Mary's on Saturday in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference opener for both teams. SMC posted a 12-9 victory in the first game, while the Lions took the 1-0 win in the nightcap. The Lions move to 18-8 overall and 1-1 in conference action, and the Gaels are now 8-25 overall and 1-1 in PCSC play.
In the opening game of the doubleheader, LMU exploded with six runs in the top of the first inning off SMC's starting pitcher Lisa Bautista. The first two runs came off a two-run home run by junior Danielle Kaminaka, which was followed by a solo home run to left by senior Trisha Gomes. Senior Sami Strinz reached on a fielding error and later scored when Caylin Hornish hit the third Lions' homerun of the inning, making the score 5-0. Jessica Grassi almost made if four dingers in the first for LMU, but her triple off the center field fence plated Kirsten Whitt from first base, giving LMU a quick 6-0 advantage.
In order to come back from a six-run deficit, the Gaels collected 17 hits, against two Lion pitchers. Saint Mary's pushed three runs across in both the first and second innings.
In the first inning, a Claudia Williams double plated Michelle Mathis from first base. After Jenn Arnold walked and Lauren Mello singled, Arnold eventually scored on an error. Mello scored the third SMC run off an Eleni Papailias RBI infield single.
After the Gaels scored one run off an RBI single to center field by Williams, a two-out, two-RBI double to right center by Mello plated Marcia-Marie Euker and Williams to pull the Gaels even with the Lions at 6-6 at the end of the second inning.
LMU took the lead in the third inning when a throwing error by the Gaels allowed Strinz to score from third base. SMC answered with a four-run third inning, taking the lead for good.
The Gaels loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the third, setting up a two-run RBI single by Euker, scoring Justine Larsen and Papailias. With runners on second and third, Williams single down the first field line scored Staci Hamaguchi from third and Euker from second.
Saint Mary's scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings and LMU added one run in the fifth and sixth innings each.
Bautista pitched six innings and picked up her fourth win of the season. Bautista (4-7) allowed nine runs, five earned, struck out nine and walked eight. Jennifer Eaton pitched a scoreless seventh inning to pick up her first save of the year.
LMU starting pitcher Krystal Kehr picked up the loss after pitching just 2.1 innings. Kehr allowed eight runs, six earned, on 10 hits.
The second game of the doubleheader turned into a pitching dual between SMC's Jennifer Eaton and LMU's Samantha Lavino. Lavino would earn a 1-0 complete game win, while Eaton, who also pitched a complete game, took the loss. Lavino allowed just four hits, the first coming in the fourth inning, while striking out four Gaels. Eaton scattered eight hits, allowed one earned run, and struck out five hitters.
The Lions scored the only run of the game in the fifth inning. After Eaton struck out Grassi to open the inning, LMU put together three straight singles for the games' only run. The game-winning RBI came off the bat of Kaminaka. Kaminaka's single up the middle scored Tiffany Lawson from second base.
LMU and Saint Mary's will square off again on Sunday, April 4. The two teams will conclude the four-game series with a second doubleheader beginning at noon at Saint Mary's Cottrell Field.