Lions Sweep PCSC Honors
Slouber and Dykema gain recognition for season's opening week
Feb. 12, 2008
On the heels of its best start to the season since 2004, LMU swept the first weekly Pacific Coast Softball Conference honors of 2008, the conference office announced Tuesday. Junior outfielder Kirsten Slouber was named the conference's Player of the Week while sophomore Melissa Dykema took home the Pitcher of the Week award.
The Lions' leadoff hitter, Slouber (Canyon Country, CA) set the table all weekend at the Red Desert Classic in St. George, UT. She collected at least one hit in all five games, including four outings with multiple hits, and hit .455 overall (10-22) to lead the PCSC in batting average and hits through the opening weekend. She started the weekend with two hits and an RBI against Southern Utah and followed it up a 3-for-5 game against Rhode Island in which she also scored twice and drove in a run. After doubling and scoring the winning run in LMU's come-from-behind win over Utah Valley, Slouber put up back-to-back two-hit performances to end the weekend.
Dykema (Bellflower, CA) was clutch on the mound, picking up three of LMU's four wins and finishing the weekend 3-1 with a 3.20 earned run average. The sophomore came off the bench in the opener against Southern Utah, pitching three innings of one-hit relief to gain the win in 12 innings. In her first start of the season the next day, Dykema dominated Rhode Island, setting a new LMU single-game record with 16 strikeouts and taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning before settling on a one-hitter. She was dynamite off the bench again the following day against Wisconsin, tossing 3 1/3 innings of relief as LMU again won in extra innings. For the week, she threw 15.1 innings, striking out 24 and walking seven.
This is Slouber's second career Player of the Week honor, having been previously recognized for the week ending March 13, 2006. Dykema won the Pitcher of the Week honor twice last season, on February 13 and March 6.
LMU's 4-1 start has matched that of the 1995, 1999, 2000, and 2004 squads as the second-best five-game start in school history. The Lions will continue their season-opening nine-game road trip this weekend at the TEN Construction Tournament in Riverside, CA. They will face Creighton in Friday's opener at noon, then Northern Colorado and Creighton again Saturday, concluding the tournament Sunday at 1 p.m. against hosts UC Riverside.