April 15, 2012
Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score
Game Three Box Score
Los Angeles, Calif.-- The LMU Softball class of 2012 spent their last day at Smith Field in grand fashion. The Lions went 2-1 in Sunday's triple header against Sacramento State, highlighted by two home runs by Kelly Sarginson and a grand slam walk off home run for Sam Fischer in her last at bat at Smith Field.
Game One: LMU 3, Sac State, 4
After trailing 4-0 heading into the fifth inning, the Lions needed to find an offensive spark.
The Lions came up empty through four innings and looked to their senior superstars to keep them in the game. Senior designated player Kelly Sarginson broke the offensive dry spell in the top of the fifth inning with a three run shot to left center that cleared the bases and put the Lions within one.
The big bat of Sarginson was not enough to rally back as the Lions dropped the first game of Sunday's triple header 4-3.
Dana Waldusky (11-8) coming off a five inning relief win Saturday took the loss for the Lions, giving up seven hits and striking out three in six innings of work.
Game two: LMU 7, Sac State, 5
Senior day was underway and senior short stop Sam Fischer decided to make the most of it. With two outs in the first inning, Fischer went yard on a two-one count that cleared the right field wall. With one swing of the bat, Fischer became the PCSC and LMU single-season home run record holder, cracking her 19th home run of the season. Greeting her at home plate was previous record holder and teammate Kelly Sarginson to pass on the crown.
The seniors continued to keep the Lions alive as designated player Brittany Pereda
drilled a double off the left field fence to drive in Sam Fischer
to put the Lions up 2-1.
With the score tied at 2 in the top of the sixth inning senior Kelly Sarginson, with two strikes, took an off-speed change-up and sent it sailing well over the right field wall, recording her 11th home run of the season, and second of the day. Sarginson also drove in 3RBIs to give the Lions a 5-2 lead.
The Hornets fought back in the bottom of the seventh, as Kaitlyn Taylor's double to left field drove in two runs to tie the game back up at 5 a piece.
The tie was broken are a brilliant piece of base running by Meghan Harman, advancing to third on a wild pitch, then sliding into home on a bobbled passed by play the Sac State catcher.
The Lions took the third game of series by a score of 7-5. Waldusky took the win for the Lions.
Game three: LMU, 11 Sac State, 1
The Lions decided to close out the last home game of their 2012 season in grand fashion. After the first three batters loaded the bases, junior catcher Olivia Alvarez joined the home run party by cracking a grand slam to right field, sending everyone home and putting the Lions up 4-0 after one inning.
Alaverez was not done yet, in the second inning, it was déjà vu all over again with the bases loaded. This time Alvarez drove in two more runs on a double up the middle.
Leading 7-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Lions put Sacramento State between a rock and a hard place. With two outs and the bases loaded, Sam Fischer, who had been intentionally walked the entire game was up to bat. The Hornets decided to pitch to Fischer, hoping to end the inning and try and fight their way back into the game. Fischer got under a low off-speed pitch that sailed high into the sky and cleared the left field fence for a picture perfect ending. The Lions took game three 11-1 on a Sam Fischer walk-off home run, her 20th of the season and 62nd all time.
Sophomore Stevie Goldstein (2-1) threw a solid five innings giving up only five hits and striking out three to capture her second win of the year.
The Lions look to continue their win streak as they head to San Diego Saturday and Sunday April 21 and 22nd .