MORAGA, Calif. – The Loyola Marymount softball team (22-21-1, 5-1 WCC) secured the season sweep of Saint Mary’s (11-27, 1-5 WCC) on Sunday after defeating the Gaels 3-1 in an exciting matinee in Moraga, Calif., featuring a complete game on the mound for junior Hannah Bandimere who threw six strikeouts with just one run allowed in the win. LMU has now moved into a tie for first place in the WCC with BYU as they hold a 5-1 record in conference play.
The first three innings of today’s game were scoreless before the Lions secured all three of their runs in the fourth on a pair of long shots, started off by a two-run homer launched to center field by freshman Delanie Wisz, bringing herself and freshman Molly Grumbo home to put LMU up 2-0. Grumbo had first gotten on base due to an error, but then stole second to put herself in scoring position before being driven home by Wisz’s shot to center. Freshman Andrea Gonzalez followed suit and hit a home run of her own on the next at bat, sending it to left field to extend the Lions’ lead to 3-0.
The Gaels scored their one run of the game in the bottom of the seventh, as the runner from second rounded home on a single down the right field line, but LMU held on for the 3-1 victory.
Bandimere now stands at 15-10 on the season following today’s win. Wisz has also nailed eight home runs on the season, marking a team high.
Recapping yesterday's action, the Lions picked up back-to-back wins over the Gaels to kick off the series in Saturday’s doubleheader. The day began with a 4-0 shutout victory behind strong pitching by Bandimere and an exeptional offensive performance by senior Sabrina Tebou. In Game 2 of the day, Linnay Wilson got the win and Bandimere earned the save in the circle for the Lions as they defeated the Gaels 4-2 behind a two-run homer by Grumbo in the fourth inning.
Bandimere pitched a complete game in the first matchup on Saturday, allowing just two hits with two strikeouts in the shutout. Tebou’s impressive play began right away in this one as she started the game with a double to right center and went on to score the first run on a double to left field by Wisz, giving LMU a 1-0 lead after the first. This would be the only run scored until the seventh inning when Tebou came up clutch once again, nailing a double to left center which yielded 3 RBI, driving home Maddison Flores, Katie Manley and Alicia Brown and putting the Lions up 4-0 in the final frame.
In Game 2, Saint Mary’s got on the board first in the second inning as they hit a solo shot to center to take the 1-0 lead early. LMU rallied in the fourth and fifth innings, scoring two runs in each to take over the lead. Grumbo’s two-run homer came in the fourth to drive in herself and senior Lindsey Matoi as the Lions moved ahead 2-1. Flores was the first to score in the fifth on a Matoi single to second. Wisz hit another single for the Lions, scoring Flores on the play to extend LMU’s lead to 4-1. The Gaels were able to score one more run in the seventh but LMU held on to its lead throughout.
This was the team’s first road series of 2018 WCC action, and also marks the second straight Lions’ season sweep of the Gaels. LMU will return to Smith Field next weekend for the team’s final home series of 2018. There will be a special celebration to honor the Lions’ seniors in the last game of the series that starts on Sunday, April 22 at 12 p.m.
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