Tigers Take Marathon Doubleheader from LMU
LMU and Pacific combined for 57 hits, 43 runs, 18 innings and more than six hours of of game time.
April 12, 2014
LOS ANGELES - Continuing West Coast Conference play for the second straight weekend, the LMU softball team dropped a marathon doubleheader to visiting Pacific, 8-7 and 16-12, Saturday at Smith Field. All told, the teams combined for 57 hits, 43 runs, 18 innings and more than six hours of of game time.
The Tigers (15-22, 4-1 WCC) were victorious in the three-and-a-half hour series opener, snapping a 7-7 tie in the top of the 11th. With two outs and two runners on, Sara Anderson knocked in the game-winning run with an infield single.
The teams had traded the lead throughout beginning with win LMU 1-0 advantage in the bottom of the first. The Tigers posted a two run third inning, but the Lions would tie it right back up on an Alex Finie two-run homer in the bottom of the frame.
Pacific would go ahead again in the fourth, but Stephanie Maciel's solo shot knotted the score at 4-4 in the bottom of the inning. The Tigers scored three more in the sixth, but once again the Lions responded.
Each team left a pair of runners on base in the seventh, but could not push a runner across the plate and the game went into extra innings. The teams would combined for 27 hits and 24 runners left on base. Maciel went 3-for-5 to lead LMU while Shuster and Amanda Dirks each had a pair of RBIs.
In the nightcap, Pacific posted a 10-run second inning to take a commanding 12-2 lead. THe Lions would chip away with four runs in the second, one in the third, three in the sixth and two in the seventh, but the Tigers added four more along the way as well for the final 16-12 spread.
Harman went 4-for-5 with a home run, a double, four RBIs and three runs scored to lead the way for LMU. Finie went 3-for-5 with three RBIs.
The Lions and Tigers conclude their WCC series Sunday with a single game scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at Smith Field.