Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic Up Next
The LMU softball team returns to action this week, traveling to Palm Springs, Calif., taking part in the prestigious Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. Play begins Thursday, Feb. 21 and runs through Saturday, Feb. 23.
Feb. 20, 2013
LOS ANGELES The LMU softball team returns to action this week, traveling to Palm Springs, Calif., taking part in the prestigious Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. Play begins Thursday, Feb. 21 and runs through Saturday, Feb. 23.
LMU's slate begins Thursday at 10:30 a.m. against undefeated Florida. The Gators enter the week ranked No. 5 in both the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 and the USA Today/NFCA poll. In Thursday's nightcap, the Lions take on Assistant Coach Gina Oaks' alma mater, Cal State Fullerton at 6 p.m.
Friday's lone match-up (8:30 p.m.) is another top 25 opponent - Arizona. The Wildcats are No. 14 in the latest USA Today/NFCA poll and No. 19 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25.
Tournament play concludes Saturday as the Lions face Big 10 member Northwestern at 5:30 p.m. followed by UNLV at 8 p.m.
LMU went 3-2 in its season-opening tournament two weeks ago in St. George, Utah, picking up shutouts against Colorado State, Weber State and Utah State. Sterling Shuster led the Lions at the plate, batting .429 over the five games. Megan Harman hit an even .400 with a pair of doubles and a home run. Freshman Stephanie Crist was also a bright spot, launching a pair of home runs against the Rams.
In the pitching circle, Dana Waldusky, Sydney Gouveia and Molly Medeiros each picked up a win with Waldusky and Gouveia each earning a complete-game shutout. The Lion staff combined for a 2.88 ERA and 35 strikeouts.
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