April 27, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The USD softball team was edged in both games of their doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Loyola Marymount. The Toreros (21-26, 6-12) kept both games close, losing 4-2 after LMU made a comeback in game one, and 2-1 in 10 innings in game two.
Game one started off in USD's favor as the Toreros took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on Lauren Tomey's two-run homer, her first of the season. Dana Prelsnik reached base on a walk in the top of the first before Tomey connected for the two-out long ball two batters later.
USD would threaten with runners in scoring position in the third and sixth innings, but were unable to score any more runs.
LMU (29-20, 12-6) meanwhile came back to take the lead in the bottom of the third with a three-run inning capped off by a three-run home run by Shuster that put the Lions up 3-2.
Shuster tacked on an insurance run for LMU with another homer, this one a solo shot, in the bottom of the fifth that gave the Lions their final 4-2 lead in game one.
Despite striking out 10 batters, USD starter Cassidy Coleman (12-11) took the loss, throwing 7.0 innings where she allowed four earned runs on four hits while walking three.
Game two was relatively quiet offensively for both teams. The squads traded zeros through the first three innings. Torero starter Jenny Lahitte shut down an LMU rally in the bottom of the first where the Lions got runners on second and third with one out before Lahitte got out of the jam with a flyout and a strikeout.
LMU finally took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth on another solo home run by Shuster, her third of the day.
It wouldn't end there however as Caitlin Rooney's
RBI single to center with no outs and runners on first and second in the top of the seventh tied the game at 1-1 and eventually forced extra innings.
USD loaded the bases in the top of the ninth but was unable to come up with the two-out hit to bring anyone home.
LMU eventually drove in the game winner in the bottom of the 10th after the runner who was placed on second per the international tiebreaker rules came around to score with the help of a sacrifice bunt and a sac fly that gave the Lions the 2-1 victory.
Lahitte (8-14) was outstanding in the loss, throwing 9.2 innings and only allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits while striking out six and walking two. This was Lahitte's 10th loss of the year where she has allowed two earned runs or fewer in a start.
Rooney (2-for-4, RBI) and Chloe Kaneko (2-for-4) turned in strong games at the plate for USD in game two.
USD and LMU play the final two games of the four-game series on Sunday at Smith Field with first pitch set for 12 pm.