April 24, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Sam Fischer earned her sixth Pacific Coast Softball Conference Player of the Week honor and Dana Waldusky was named Pitcher of the Week for the second time this year as LMU swept the Coastal Division weekly awards following a 3-1 series victory over San Diego.
Fischer reached base in 12-of-14 plate appearances in the series against the Toreros, going 2-for-4, with both hits being home runs to hit her PCSC-leading 21st and 22nd home runs. She was also walked nine times and hit by one pitch, totaled three RBI and scored six runs. She was walked three times in the series opener before hitting a solo home run in the seventh to provide the final 4-0 margin. In Saturday's nightcap, she hit a two-run home run in the third to give the Lions a 3-1 lead. With the score tied 3-3 in the eighth, Fischer drew a lead-off intentional walk and later came around to score what would be the game-winning run. Fischer enters the week leading the PCSC in batting average (.512), HRs (22) and RBI (58).
Waldusky recorded 16.2 scoreless innings in three appearances, including two starts, in the series. She went 3-0, allowing 14 hits and two walks, while striking out 14, including striking out six in a seven-hit shutout to earn a 4-0 decision in the series opener. She pitched 2.2 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win in a 4-3, eight-inning victory in Saturday's nightcap (2 H, 3 K) and recorded her sixth shutout - tying for the PCSC lead - in Sunday's first game (W, 3-0; 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K). Waldusky enters the week 15-8 with a 3.48 ERA (118.2 IP, 59 ER) and is tied for third in the PCSC in wins.
This marked the third time this season that the Lions swept both the Player and Pitcher of the Week awards in the PCSC and the eighth week that at least one of the honors has gone to an LMU player.
Still in contention for the 2012 PCSC Coastal Division crown, the Lions close out regular-season play on Friday and Saturday at division leader Saint Mary's.