Softball Hosts No. 13/19 UCLA in 2012 Home Opener
The 4-1 Lions host the 4-0 Bruins on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at noon at Smith Field.
Feb. 13, 2012
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After opening the 2012 season with a 4-1 record at the UC Davis Aggie Stampede, the Lions begin a brief home stint by hosting No. 13/19 UCLA on Tuesday, Feb. 14. First pitch for the single game against the Bruins is noon at Smith Field.
INSIDE THE LIONS
After dropping their 2012 season opener, 3-0, to Boise State the Lions went on to win four straight games last weekend at the UC Davis Aggie Stampede. They quickly bounced back from the loss to the Broncos by capturing a 5-3 win over host UC Davis, scoring all five runs in a big third inning. On the second day of play, Shavaugh Sierras' walk-off double to right drove in a pair of runs as the Lions topped Boise State, 10-9 in 10 innings. LMU concluded tournament play with a 5-1 win over the Aggies and a 4-0 shutout of Nevada. Leading the offensive charge for the weekend was Sam Fischer, who collected eight hits, including three home runs, while also scoring six times and knocking in seven. In the circle, Molly Medeiros tossed 25 of the team's 37 innings, going 4-0 with three complete games and one shutout. She fanned eight, scattered 15 hits and finished the tournament with a 1.44 ERA.
HEAD-TO-HEAD WITH UCLA
LMU and the 12-time National Champion Bruins have met 23 times in program history with UCLA holding a 22-1 advantage. The Lions lone win came in 2007 when they claimed a 4-2 win over the Bruins.
ABOUT THE UCLA BRUINS
The Bruins, ranked No. 13 by USA Softball and No. 19 by the NFCA, have opened the 2012 season with a 4-0 record after closing out the 2011 season with a 36-19 overall record and 9-12 mark in the Pac-10 (tied for sixth). They went 3-2 in NCAA Regional play and closed out the year ranked No. 19/20. The 12-time NCAA Champions return 14 letterwinners including eight field players and three pitchers. Their four wins this season include three over Kentucky and one over Pacific.
HOME RUN RECORD IN SIGHT
After banging out three home runs in the first five games of the season, senior Sam Fischer has moved within two of LMU's career home run record of 47 held by current assistant coach Danielle Kaminaka (2002-05). Fischer hit 11 home runs her rookie season, then followed that with 16 as a sophomore and 15 one year ago. Also looking to move up the career home run list is Fischer's classmate Kelly Sarginson. Sarginson set the LMU single-season record with 18 long balls last spring and now has 31 in her career.
PICKED TO WIN THE PCSC
LMU begins the 2012 season as the preseason favorite to win both the Pacific Coast Softball Conference Coastal Division and the overall championship, as voted on by the league's 12 head coaches. In the Coastal Division, the Lions earned nine first-place votes for 69 points. San Diego was picked second with two first-place votes and 56 points. Sacramento State (52 points) was third, Saint Mary's (35 points) was fourth, Cal State Bakersfield (26 points) was fifth and Santa Clara (14 points) was sixth. In the overall champion voting, LMU earned five first-place votes followed by Portland State with three, San Diego with two and Northern Colorado with one.
Since the PCSC began play, Loyola Marymount and Portland State have both won three conference titles. The Lions won the inaugural crown in 2003 and added titles in 2005 and 2007. Portland State captured its first PCSC title in 2006 and followed with championships in 2006 and 2009. Santa Clara (2004), Sacramento State (2008) and Saint Mary's (2010) have won one title apiece.
The Lions are coming off a 2011 Coastal Division Championship, going 16-4 in conference and 32-27 overall. Hungry for more, the Lions are looking for redemption after falling to Portland State last year for the overall PCSC crown. Returning 18 players and adding two, the Lions look to grow upon their success from last season.
HEAD COACH Gary Ferrin
Head coach Gary Ferrin enters his 18th year at the helm of the Lions' softball program. In 17 seasons he has compiled a 582-4391 overall record, four Western Intercollegiate Softball League titles (1996, 97, 99 and 2000) and three Pacific Coast Softball Conference championships (2003, 05 and 07). Ferrin was also named PCSC Coach of the Year each of those seasons while also having been the Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2001.
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