Lions Drop Doubleheader to Broncos
The LMU softball team dropped a pair of WCC games to visiting Santa Clara Saturday.
May 3, 2014
LOS ANGELES - The LMU softball team dropped a pair of West Coast Conference games to visiting Santa Clara Saturday afternoon at Smith Field. The Broncos took game one, 8-3, and rallied in extra innings to take the nightcap, 7-5.
In the opener, three big Bronco (9-31, 4-7) innings doomed the Lions (20-26, 1-12) as the visitors posted multiple runs in the first, third and sixth.
Trailing 5-0 in the fourth, Sterling Shuster gave the Lions some fire with a two-run home run, her fourth long ball of the season. But Santa Clara would stretch the lead to six with a three-run sixth.
Harman would lead off the home half of the sixth with a double to center and score on a two-out double down the right field line by Alex Finie. The Lions looked to put together a two-out, seventh-inning rally, loading the bases on singles by Nicole Clowdus and Meghan von Behren, and a walk by Meghan Harman. But pinch hitter Stephanie Crist would hit into a fielder's choice to second that would strand three runners.
Rachael Farrington (6-11) took the loss after giving up seven runs (six earned) over four innings of work. Andrea Wellins tossed three innings of relief.
Harman and Clowdus finished with a pair of hits to lead the Lion battery while Shuster had two RBIs.
LMU took the early lead in the nightcap, scoring a pair of runs in the home half of the first. Santa Clara would respond in the top of the second, knotting the score at 2-2 courtesy a two-run home run by Jenna Krummen.
The Broncos would final break the tie in the top of the sixth when pinch hitter Krista Jensen knocked in two runs on a double to left center.
The Lions got one run back in the home half of the sixth as Amanda Dirks led off with a single through the left side, stole second, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a von Behren triple to right. von Behren would stay stranded at third, however, as Harman flied out to short and Ander Lopez popped up to third.
Santa Clara would push their lead back to two in the seventh with a Kelly Scribner solo home run. The Lions rallied once more as pitcher Stephanie Crist launched a two-run shot over the center field fence, sending the game into extra innings.
But it was the Broncos who would come through with the game-winning hit in the top of the eighth.
Maciel led LMU with three hits while Crist and von Behren had two each. Crist (1-12) also took the complete-game loss for the Lions.