Lions snap losing skid, 7-3, at Cal State Fullerton
April 10, 2008
Fullerton, CA - Three LMU players finished with two hits on the night and senior starter Tiffany Pagano struck out six in the complete-game effort as the visiting Lions defeated Cal State Fullerton, 7-3, on Wednesday night at Anderson Family Field. The Lions get a win in their final non-conference game of the season to halt their losing streak at two games and improve to 26-14 while dropping the Titans to their second straight defeat and 18-20-1 overall.
Cal State Fullerton got on the board first in the second inning, taking advantage of an error to plate the game's first run. Lauren Lupinetti's double led off the inning and she moved to third on Jenna Wheeler's single back up the middle. Pagano recorded the second out on a strikeout and Wheeler took off for second base, getting herself caught in a rundown on the basepaths. However, as she was trying to make her way back to first, the throw got away, allowing Wheeler to move to second and Lupinetti to advance to home for the 1-0 lead.
The score remained that way until the fourth when the Lions struck for three runs to take the lead for good. Junior Chelsie Tysdal's double tied the game at one, giving her 40 RBI on the season. Two batters later, junior Megan Ackerman put the Lions ahead with a sacrifice fly and freshman Priscilla Satete later chopped a single down the left field line to drive home Tysdal and make it 3-1.
Fullerton responded with a run in its half of the fourth, loading the bases with one out. Sammie Dabbs slotted a slow roller in the hole at short, beating out a throw and driving home K.C. Craddick to close the gap to 3-2.
However, Loyola Marymount extended its advantage with two runs each in the fifth and sixth innings as an error on sophomore Darcy Pagnini's single drove home a pair in the fifth and freshman Amy Charpentier added a two-run single in the sixth to cap the Lions' scoring.
Lupinetti got one of the runs back in the sixth with a solo home run but Pagano shut the door on the Titans the rest of the way.
Pagano (16-7) allowed two earned and walked three in the five-hitter. She struck out six to move into second place on the LMU single-season record list with 210, 17 behind her record set last year.
Ackerman finished the day 2-for-3 while junior Kirsten Slouber was 2-for-4 at the top of the order for her 18th multi-hit performance of the season. Pagnini also collected two hits in the victory.
Christine Hiner (9-10) suffered the loss for Fullerton, allowing six earned on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.
The Lions return to Pacific Coast Softball Conference play this weekend with double headers at San Diego on Saturday and Sunday. Start times for both days is at noon.