Lions Take Two From Gaels
Playing at their own Smith Field where they had previously appeared just five times this season, the LMU softball team took care of business with a doubleheader sweep of Pacific Coast Softball Conference rival Saint Mary's, 3-2 and 5-1, Saturday.
April 6, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Playing at their own Smith Field where they had previously appeared just five times this season, the LMU softball team took care of business with a doubleheader sweep of Pacific Coast Softball Conference rival Saint Mary's, 3-2 and 5-1, Saturday.
The Lions (23-18, 6-4 PCSC) and Gaels (12-23, 4-6 PCSC) had entered the day tied for third in the league standings. The teams will conclude the four-game set Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 10 a.m.
As has been the case too often recently for LMU, offense was at a premium in game one. Saint Mary's took a quick 1-0 lead when Brittany Sabatini led off the game with a solo homer over the left field fence.
The Lions tacked on two more runs in the fifth on a pair of unearned runs by Sterling Shuster and Jordan Price. Shuster scored when Olivia Alvarez reached on an error and Price, a pinch runner, crossed home plate on a Stephanie Maciel single to center.
The Gaels' Christine Torriese launched a solo home run in the sixth to cut the LMU lead to just one, but Lion pitcher Sydney Gouveia retired the final four batters of the game for her 12th win of the season. Gouveia finished with 13 strikeouts to go along with four hits and one walk.
Jessica Lemmon (4-9) took the loss for SMC, giving up nine hits, a pair of walks and one earned run in five innings of work.
In game two, the Lions came out on fire early, posting three runs in the first, one in the second and one in the third. Pitcher Dana Waldusky (6-14) took advantage of the big cushion while doing her part in a two-hit performance.
The senior did not allow a hit until the fifth while also striking out a pair in her ninth complete game of the year.
Montalban, Shuster and Skylar Segura had two hits apiece in the game while Segura added a pair of RBIs on a double to right in the first inning.
The Gaels' Lujane Mussadi (8-7) took the loss, giving up nine hits and four earned runs while striking out just one.