Softball Heads to San Diego

April 17, 2014

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The Last Meeting
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Loyola Marymount38
April 28, 2013
Smith Field

LOS ANGELES - Fresh off clinching their first West Coast Conference victory, the LMU softball team heads into its third weekend of league play, traveling to San Diego for a three-game series at USD. The teams play a single game Friday evening at 5 p.m., followed by a doubleheader Saturday beginning at noon.

The Lions enter the series with a 20-19 overall record and 1-5 mark in WCC play. They played a marathon series against Pacific last week, dropping a 8-7, 11-inning game and a 16-12 second match-up before clinching the series finale, 3-2. Stephanie Maciel provided the walk-off RBI hit in the win, knocking in Meghan Harman who led off the inning with a walk.

Harman leads the LMU battery with a .365 average, .719 slugging percentage and .475 on base percentage. She has a WCC-leading 10 home runs on the season, a single-season best for the senior third baseman.

Sterling Shuster and Maciel each added a home run to their tally last weekend and now both have three on the season. Freshman Amanda Dirks has four and Alex Finie also has three as the Lions have doubled up their opponents on the year, 28-14, in long balls.

San Diego enters the series at 18-19 overall and 3-3 in WCC play after taking two of three from Saint Mary's last week. Olivia Sandusky paces the Torero offense, hitting .353. Chloe Kaneko is batting .320 and Tatum Schultz is hitting .315 with a team-high 34 hits. USD hits .265 as a team, but has also held opponents to a .216 average. Cassidy Coleman and Jenny Lahitte have combined for 257 strikeouts and 16 of the Toreros 18 wins, including five shutouts.

The Lions are 82-64 all-time against the Toreros, though USD holds a slight 33-30 edge in San Diego. Recent history has edged towards LMU as the Lions took 3-of-4 games last year and swept the four-game series in 2011. The teams went an even 2-2 in 2012.




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