Seniors Go Out In Style
The LMU softball team gave its seniors a fitting farewell by sweeping a pair of games from Utah Valley, 5-3 and 2-1, Sunday at Smith Field.
May 5, 2013
LOS ANGELES - LMU's senior class went out in style on Sunday at Smith Field as the Lions clinched sole possession of second place in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference with 5-3 and 2-1 wins over visiting Utah Valley.
LMU concludes the 2013 season with a 33-23 overall record and 16-8 mark in PCSC play. The Wolverines fall to 35-19 overall and 14-10 in league action.
Skylar Segura got things going for the senior class, and the Lions as a whole, in the first game, as her two-run home run in the bottom of the first gave the Lions a 3-2 lead. Meghan Harman accounted for LMU's first run of the innings as her double to center field scored Hannah Montalban.
Utah Valley would knot the score in the fourth on a Kylee Brinkerhoff solo home run, but it would be another long ball that would secure the victory for the Lions. In the sixth, Montalban led off with a single and three batters later, Sterling Shuster delivered the game winning hit, a two-run home run, on the first pitch she saw.
The Wolverines made things interesting in the seventh, loading the bases on a pair of walks and a single. But with two outs already on the board, Marie Williams struck out swinging to end the rally.
Sydney Gouveia (18-4) fanned seven while giving up two walks and six hits, including a two-run home run in the first inning. The freshman sensation finishes the season with 269 strikeouts, just five shy of the all-time LMU record of 274 set by Tiffany Pagano in 2008.
Harman provided all the offense that would be needed in game two as her two-run home run in the third gave LMU a 2-0 advantage. Utah Valley pushed one run across in the fourth on a Debra Lovell RBI-single, but senior Dana Waldusky held her ground through the sixth and classmate Erica Grady closed out the seventh inning to earn the team's first save of the year.
Waldusky finished with three strikeouts zero walks and five hits allowed through six complete for her 10th win of the season. Grady fanned two in the final inning and drew a ground out to third for the final out of the season.