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Softball Shuts Down Saint Mary's

Sydney Gouveia fanned 15 in her 13th win of the season.

Sydney Gouveia fanned 15 in her 13th win of the season.

April 7, 2013

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LOS ANGELES - Freshman Hannah Montalban drove in the game-winning run in the final of a four-game set between the Lions and Saint Mary's to give the LMU softball team a Pacific Coast Softball Conference sweep Sunday at Smith Field.

The rookie's two-out single down the left field line scored pinch hitter Samantha Nelson, breaking a 1-1 tie and giving LMU the 2-1 victory. In the day's first game, LMU scored early and often for a 5-0 shutout.

With the series sweep, LMU moved to 25-18 on the season and 8-4 in the PCSC. Saint Mary's dropped to 12-25 overall and 4-8 in league play.

LMU controlled game one from the start, beginning with another dominant performance by pitcher Sydney Gouveia. The freshman fanned nine of the first 12 Gaels she faced before finishing with 15 strikeouts - her fourth consecutive game with 10-plus strikeouts and second in two days.

Trailing 5-0 after five innings, the Gaels' leadoff hitter Brittany Sabatini broke up Gouveia's no-hitter to open the sixth, bunting for a single. Gouveia shut the door after that, getting the next three batters out with a swinging strikeout, fly out to center and a ground out to short. She went on to retire the side in the seventh, including two by strikeout, for her 13th win of the season.

On the offensive side, the Lions provided all the run support that would be needed to win the game in the bottom of the first. Danielle Smith lead off with a walk, stole second, advanced to third on Hannah Montablan's single through the right side and eventually scored on Meghan Harman's double to left field. Harman would later score on Sterling Shuster's single down the left field line to give LMU a 2-0 lead.

Stephanie Crist and Olivia Alvarez added back-to-back home runs in the third for the final five-run spread.

Game two was defensive battle as pitchers Dana Waldusky and Lujane Mussadi went toe-to-toe while both defenses also held. LMU struck for one run in the bottom of the first as Smith reached on a single, then later scored as Skylar Segura reached on a error by SMC first baseman Megan Smith.

In the third, Saint Mary tied the game at one apiece when Erica Musgrave, who singled to left, eventually came around to score on a Shuster fielding error.

With two outs in the final frame, the pinch-hitter Nelson drew a six-pitch walk. On the first pitch of her at-bat, Smith laid down a bunt single to advance Nelson to second. Montablan, who scored the game-winning run of the first game, became the hero once again as she drove the second pitch she saw down the left field line to send Nelson for the winning run.

Waldusky (7-14) tossed her second complete-game victory, allowing just three hits and one unearned run to the Gaels. Mussadi (8-8) suffered her second straight loss to the Lions after striking one and scattering six hits in 6.2 innings.

The Lions continue PCSC play with a visit to Provo, Utah, on April 12-13 to take on the Cougars of BYU.

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