Freshman, Senior Lead LMU in DH Split
Freshman Sydney Gouveia fanned a school record 22 batters and senior Danielle Smith knocked in the game-winning run as LMU topped Utah Valley 2-1 in 10 innings. The Wolverines won game two, 1-0.
May 4, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Sydney Gouveia fanned a school and Pacific Coast Softball Conference record 22 batters and Danielle Smith collected the walk-off RBI hit in the 10th inning as the LMU softball team won game one of Saturday's doubleheader against PCSC rival Utah Valley, 2-1, in 10 innings. The teams finished with a split on the day as the Wolverines won game two, 1-0.
The Lions moved to 31-23 on the season and 14-8 in league play while Utah Valley is now 35-18 overall and 14-8 in the PCSC. Both teams entered the day still in contention for the 2013 league title, but A BYU sweep of Saint Mary's clinched the title, and the automatic NCAA berth, for the Cougars. LMU and UVU will continue to battle for sole possession of second place when they close out the season Sunday beginning at noon.
Pitching was dominant for both sides throughout the day, but none more than Gouveia's game one performance. After giving up a leadoff single to Amanda Robinson, she struck out the next three batters. In the second inning, Kylee Bringerhoff laced a triple down the left field line and would score on a passed ball for the Wolverine's lone run of the game.
Gouveia (17-4) settled in after that, fanning seven of the next nine batters. She issued a walk to open the fifth, but would get out No. 1 on a sacrifice bunt and then back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning. She would earn her third out in the sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th by way of strikeout, including striking out the side in the ninth.
A pair of senior stepped up at the plate for LMU beginning with Olivia Alvarez's solo home run in the bottom of the first tied the game 1-1. In the bottom of the 10th, with the international tie break rule in effect, Nicole Clowdus laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Stephanie Maciel to third setting put he final at bat for Smith who slapped a line-drive over the center fielder's head to send in the game-winning run.
Smith and Alvarez each collected a pair of hits in the game.
Game two was another pitching battle as LMU's Dana Walduksy (9-17) and Utah Valley's Josi Summers (12-6) went toe-to-toe through six complete innings. It would eventually be the Wolverines' battery that broke through as Kylee Brinkerhoff led off the seventh with a double to left center, advanced to third on a ground out and scored in a Jamie North fielder's choice to second.
Maciel would lead off the bottom of the seventh with a double and Smith reached on a one-out error that moved Maciel to third, but Summers drew back-to-back fly outs by LMU's Meghan von Behren and Meghan Harman to hold on for the victory.
Walduksy had five strikeouts, five hits allowed and zero walks in seven complete innings. Shuster led LMU with a pair of hits while four others tallied one hit apiece.