April 27, 2012
LOS ANGELES - It all comes down to the final weekend of play to determine the 2012 PCSC Coastal Division champion. LMU is one of three teams in contention, along with Saint Mary's and San Diego. However, no team holds their destiny in their own hands, each needing help to clinch the title and vie for an NCAA berth in the PCSC Championship Series.
At 32-17 overall and 10-6 in PCSC play, the Lions enter their final series in third place. They face league-leader Saint Mary's (22-21, 11-4) in a four-game series on Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29 in Moraga, Calif.
The other key series taking place this weekend is second-place San Diego (24-17, 11-5 PCSC) hosting Sacramento State (27-17, 8-7).
PCSC COASTAL DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP SCENARIOS
Saint Mary's clinches with a combination of FIVE wins and/or San Diego losses.
Gaels win two vs. LMU and USD loses three games to Sac State.
Gales win three vs. LMU and USD loses twice to Sac State.
Gaels sweep four games vs. LMU and USD loses at least once to Sac State.
Loyola Marymount wins the Coastal Division if ...
Win three games versus SMC and USD loses at least two games versus Sac State (LMU holds tiebreaker over USD).
Sweep four-game series versus SMC and USD loses at least one game to Sac State (LMU holds tiebreaker over USD).
San Diego wins the Coastal Division if ...
Toreros win three games versus Sac State and SMC and LMU split their four-game series (USD holds tiebreaker over SMC).
Toreros sweep four-game series from Sac State and SMC loses one game to LMU (USD holds tiebreaker over SMC).
Saint Mary's must make-up game versus Sacramento State if ...
Gaels win two vs. LMU to finish 13-6 and USD wins two versus Sac State to finish 13-7.
Gaels win three vs. LMU to finish 14-5 and USD wins three versus Sac State to finish 14-6.
Gaels sweep four-game series from LMU to finish 15-4 and USD sweeps four-game series from Sac State to finish 15-5.
MAKE-UP GAME RESULTS
Saint Mary's would need to win make-up game to win Coastal Division.
San Diego wins Coastal Division if Sac State beats Saint Mary's.
LIONS LAST LINE
The Lions worked their way back into contention for a second straight PCSC Coastal Division title by taking three of four games from then first-place San Diego last week. Dana Waldusky (15-8) was the pitcher of record in all three wins as she recorded 16.2 scoreless inning, including two starts. She earned two shutouts, which ties her for the PCSC lead and is now tied for third in the league with 15 wins.
Sam Fischer was once again the catalyst on offense, reaching base in 12-of-14 plate appearances, including going 2-for-4, with both hits being home runs. The two long balls bring her PCSC-leading season total to 22. She was also walked nine times and hit by one pitch, totaled three RBIs and scored six runs.
Fellow senior Kylie Ahlo had her best weekend of the year, going a combined 6-for-11 (.545) to lead LMU.
PCSC WEEKLY HONORS
Sam Fischer and Dana Waldusky were named PCSC Coastal Division Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, following their performances in LMU's series victory against San Diego. It was the sixth Player of the Week honor for Fischer and second Pitcher honor for Waldusky. It also 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.
FISCHER LEADING THE NATION
Sam Fischer has spent the entire season ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the nation in batting average. In games played through Apr. 22, she kept hold of the top spot with a .512 average. She also leads all NCAA Division I players in on-base percentage (.670); ranks No. 2 in home runs (22), slugging percentage (1.190) and walks per game (1.08); and is third in home runs per game (0.45). Her other top 15 categories include No. 8 in runs per game (1.22) and RBIs per game (1.18).
ABOUT THE GAELS
Saint Mary's is 22-21 overall and 11-4 in PCSC play. The Gaels are coming off a series victory over Saint Clara, 3-1. Michelle Mounts leads the Gaels' battery with a .386 average. Her 51 hits have included 12 doubles, one triple and five home runs. Rebecca Sabatini hits at a .373 clip and leads the team with 53 hits, including 12 doubles and five home runs, and 32 RBIs. Her sister Brittany Sabatini (.340) and Nicole Arce (.317) round out the Gaels batting over .300.
Jessica Lemmon (11-10, 3.00 ERA) and Britany Linton (9-7, 4.00 ERA) have pitched the majority of the innings for Saint Mary's. Lemmon has 92 strikeouts, 61 walks and 123 hits allowed in 133 innings while Linton has recorded 57 strikeouts, 32 walks and 85 hits allowed in 112 innings.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS SAINT MARY'S
The Lions hold a 49-26 all-time record against Saint Mary's. LMU has been most dominant in games played in Los Angeles, going 22-4, and has also held the advantage on neutral sites, 15-7. The Gaels hold a slight 15-12 edge over the Lions in Moraga, the site of this week's series. In 2011, the Lions won 3-of-4 over the Gaels, while two years ago in Moraga, the teams' split the series, 2-2.