Lions, Toreros Split WCC Doubleheader
LMU was held scoreless in game one, but bounced back for a 5-3 win in the nightcap.
SAN DIEGO - LMU softball split a pair of games at West Coast Conference foe San Diego Saturday as the second week of league action got underway. The Lions were blanked in game one, 5-0, but came back for a 5-3 victory in the nightcap.
In the opener, San Diego (15-25, 1-4 WCC) struck for five runs in the first two innings of play, including three unearned, while the Lions (25-18, 3-2 WCC) could never string together a series of hits in order to send a runner home.
After LMU went three-up, three-down in the top of the first, the Toreros came out swinging. USD had four hits in the frame and two runs were plated course a Kailey Hill RBI single and a Danielle Mavridis bases loaded hit by pitch.
The Lions stranded runners on second and third in the top of the second and again the Toreros responded with a big inning. With one out, Olivia Sandusky reached on an error by Alicia Brown at third base. A bunt single put runners on first and second and, with two outs, Lauren Kane homered to center for three unearned USD runs.
LMU pitcher Rachael Farrinton (12-7) shut down the Toreros for the remainder of the game, but the damage was done. The Lion battery finished with three doubles, but just four total hits against USD's Megan Sabbatini.
With Sabbatini back in the circle to start game two, LMU pounced early this time, plating three runs in the opening frame.
Meghan von Behren led off the game win a double to left and scored on Stephanie Maciel's single to left field. After Alicia Brown flew out to center field, Shianne Ybarra drew a walk and Amanda Dirks singled to load the bases. That brought Hannah Montalban to the late for a two-RBI dingle up the middle.
The three runs chased Sabbatini from the circle as USD entered Hernandez for the remainder of the game. Grace Hernandez closed out the inning without allowing another run, and kept the Lions in check through the fifth. Meanwhile, her own battery plated one run on the third and one in the fifth, trimming LMU's lead to one, 3-2.
But the Lions found more life in the sixth as RBI-doubles by Maciel and Ybarra opened up a 5-2 advantage. USD pushed one run across in the bottom of the sixth off LMU starter Hannah Bandimere. But Farmington entered for the final 1.2 innings of relief, earning her third save of the season.
Bandimere finished with four strikeouts while scattering nine hits for three runs (two earned) in her 13th win of the season.
von Behren went 4-for-4 at the plate in game two while Maciel, Dirks and Nicole Clowdus had two hits each.
The Lions and Toreros conclude the three-game series Sunday at noon.
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