Softball Returns Home, Hosts Broncos

Meghan von Behren leads the WCC with a .440 batting average.
April 22, 2016

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LOS ANGELES - West Coast Conference softball action continues this weekend as LMU hosts Santa Clara in a three-game series on Smith Field. Play begins Saturday, April 23 with a doubleheader slated to start at noon. The third and final game will be contested Sunday with first pitch scheduled for noon. All three games will we streamed live on theW.tv.

The Lions will don pink uniforms on Saturday as they join in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association initiative "Strike Out Cancer." The day will feature pink giveaways, as well as a raffle and silent auction with all proceeds going towards the National Foundation for Cancer Research.

LMU enters the weekend with a 25-19 overall record and 3-3 WCC mark. Santa Clara is 7-32 overall and 2-1 in league play.

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LMU vs. Santa Clara - Saturday, April 23 @ 12:00 p.m. - Smith Field
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LMU vs. Santa Clara - Saturday, April 23 @ 2:00 p.m. - Smith Field
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LMU vs. Santa Clara - Sunday, April 24 @ 12:00 p.m. - Smith Field
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SERIES HISTORY VS SANTA CLARA
With records dating back to the 1986 season, and meetings every year since 1994, the Lions are 58-53 all-time against Santa Clara. The teams have battled fairly evenly in recent years. Last season at Santa Clara, LMU took two-of-three from the Broncos, winning games 2-0 and 5-3 while dropping a 4-3 decision. In 2014, Santa Clara swept a three-game set, while in both 2013 and 2012, the teams went an even 2-2 against each other in a pair of four-game series.

INSIDE THE LIONS
• The Lions bat .310 with five players hitting over .300. They also collectively have 223 runs, 365 hits, 90 doubles, 48 home runs, 200 RBI, a .510 slugging percentage and .386 on-base percentage. All of those marks are tops in the WCC.
• LMU has ranked among the top of the national list in doubles per game all season long, and once again claims the top spot in games played through Apr. 17. They average 2.05 per game. • The Lions' 90 doubles this season is now just five shy of the all-time LMU record. • LMU is also ranked 54th nationally in team batting average (.310), 28th in home runs per game (1.09) and 22nd in slugging percentage (.510).
• Individually, senior outfielder Meghan von Behren leads the WCC with her .440 batting average, 66 hits, 33 runs scored and 15 stolen bases.
• Also hitting over .300 for LMU are Alicia Brown (.405), Shianne Ybarra (.350), Stephanie Maciel (.328), Amanda Dirks (.336) and Stephanie Crist (.305).
Alicia Brown leads the WCC with 16 doubles and is second on the team lead with eight home runs to rank second in the WCC with a .706 slugging percentage. Brown needs just two more doubles to match LMU's single-season record of 18, held by Darcy Pagnini (2008).
• The Lions' pitching staff holds a combined 3.77 ERA. Junior Rachael Farrington is 12-7 with 101complete games, two shutouts, one save and a 3.01 ERA. Freshman Hannah Bandimere is 13-10 with nine complete games, one shutout, 92 strikeouts and a 3.75 ERA.
• Junior outfielder Amanda Dirks was named WCC Player of the Week on April 11 following her performance against the Cougars. She hit .400 with three home runs, one double, four runs scored, eight RBI and a 1.4000 slugging percentage.
Alicia Brown had three triples in the 5-1, series finale against BYU (Apr. 9), matching the LMU single-game record set by Kristen Slobber in 2007.
• LMU held a season-long six-game win streak from Feb. 28 through Mar. 11. The streak began with an 8-3 upset of then No. 20 ranked Fresno State.
• Sophomore Alicia Brown earned her first career WCC Player of the Week honor on March 21. She hit .464 with a .531 on base percentage and 1.036 slugging percentage in nine games that week. She went 13-for-28 at the plate, including four doubles and four home runs. She knocked in seven runs and scored eight times. She also drew four walks and made 13 putouts with 25 assists and zero errors in the field.
• LMU was picked third in the 2016 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll. Alicia Brown, Amanda Dirks and Rachael Farrington were all named to the All-WCC Preseason Team.

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