Extra-Inning Setback in San Diego
Despite tying the game in the seventh inning, the LMU softball team would fall 2-1 to San Diego Friday.
April 18, 2014
SAN DIEGO - Alex Finie drove in the game-tying run in the seventh to force extra innings, but it would be San Diego who would come through with the eventual game-winner in a 2-1, 10-inning final over the LMU softball team Friday.
The Toreros (19-19, 4-3 WCC) got on the board in the bottom of the first as Dana Prelsnik led off with a single, stole second and scored on a Tatum Schultz single up the middle.
LMU pitcher Rachael Farrington settled in after that, retiring three straight in the second, fifth and sixth, while never allowing more than one baserunner per inning until the eighth.
Down to their last opportunity in regulation, the Lion battery came through in the bottom of the seventh. Meghan Harman led off with a single to left and Ander Lopez moved her to second on a sacrifice bunt. Sterling Shuster followed with a single to right, setting up the opportunity for Finie, who singled through the left side to send Harman home.
The Lions (20-20, 1-6 WCC) could not get the go=ahead run, whoever, eventually stranding three on base to send the game into extra frames.
San Diego would snap the tie in the bottom of the 10th as Kylie Ordos led off with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, moved to third on a Prelsnik single and scored on Chloe Kaneko's walk-off single.
Stephanie Maciel had a pair of hits for LMU while three others had one each. Four Toreros had two hits apiece.
Farrington (6-8) took the loss for the Lions after striking out four and giving up 10 hits in 9.1 innings. Cassidy Coleman tossed the complete-game victory for USD, falling 11 in 10 innings.
The Lions and Toreros continue their three-game West Coast Conference series Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at noon.