April 18, 2003
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Loyola Marymount combined for 10 runs and 22
hits in two games as the Lions swept a Pacific Coast Softball
Conference doubleheader from Sacramento State Friday afternoon at
Shea Stadium. Loyola Marymount was victorious in game one, 7-4,
before winning game two by the score of 3-1.
The Lions' Sami Strinz led the way with a pair of hits in each game
while picking up the save in the second game of the doubleheader.
Loyola Marymount, now on a nine-game win streak, improved to 26-16 overall and 8-2 in the PCSC.
Sacramento State, which has now lost six of its last eight games,
dropped to 27-21 overall and 6-4 in the conference. Loyola Marymount
takes over sole possession of first place in the PCSC standings as
the Lions and Hornets entered the doubleheader tied atop the
conference. The two teams will finish out the four-game series
tomorrow (Saturday, April 19) at noon.
In the first game, Loyola Marymount tallied seven runs and 14 hits
off Hornet pitchers Brianne Ferguson and Gina Steenburgen. Lisa
Abbott (3-for-5), Strinz (2-for-4), Brittany Bassett (2-for-3), Emily
Foltz (2-for-4), Jessica Grassi (2-for-4) and Tiffany Lawson
(2-for-4) each had multiple-hit games as the Lions scored one run in
the second inning, three more in the third and three in the fifth.
The 14 hits was the second-highest output against Sacramento State
pitching this season.
Loyola Marymount's three-run third inning came via RBI-singles by
Strinz, Bassett and Foltz. The Lions extended their lead to 7-1 in
the top of the fifth with three more runs, highlighted by a two-run
double from Casie Phillips. Loyola Marymount tallied at least one hit
in every inning but the first and seventh.
Sacramento State cut the lead to 7-4 in the bottom of the fifth on a
three-run home run from senior Jillian Bivert. Bivert (2-for-4 with four RBIs), freshman Lindy
Winkler (2-for-3 with a walk and two runs) and Amber Dragomir
(2-for-3) each had multiple-hit games. The rest of the Hornets lineup
went a combined 1-for-21 (.048).
Samantha Lavino (8-5) got the win, allowing seven hits and four runs
(three earned) in seven innings. Ferguson (10-11) lost her
fourth-straight decision, allowing four runs and four hits in 2.2
innings. Steenburgen threw 4.1 innings of relief, allowing 10 hits
and three runs in 4.1 innings.
In the nightcap, Loyola Marymount's Krystal Kehr and Strinz combined
to limit the Hornets to one unearned run and eight hits as the Lions
went on to the victory. Loyola Marymount scored one run in the third
(RBI-double from Danielle Kaminaka), one more in the fourth
(RBI-double from Foltz) and one in the seventh (RBI-single from
Sacramento State scored its only run in the fifth on an RBI-double
from Winkler. The Hornets had a chance to tie the game in the sixth
inning as they loaded the bases with one out. Strinz was then brought
into the game in relief of Kehr and retired pinch hitters Lesley
Mayhorn and Steenburgen on consecutive pitches to get out of the
inning. Sacramento State left eight runners on base during the game
and combined to hit just .200 (4-20) with runners in scoring position
during the doubleheader.
Kehr (12-6) got the win, allowing one unearned run and eight hits in
5.1 innings while Strinz pitched a perfect 1.2 innings to notch her
first save of the season. Deatherage (13-8) allowed three runs (two earned) and eight
hits in seven innings.