(Hawaii Athletics) - The University of Hawai'i softball team (5-4) was swept by Loyola Marymount at the LMU Tournament on Thursday afternoon at LMU's Smith Field in Los Angeles, Calif. The Lions defeated Hawai'i 2-1 and 3-0.
Loyola Marymount 2, Hawai'i 1
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The Lions got on the board in the first inning. Irma Sanchez led off the frame with a single to left. She moved to second on a groundout and then scored on an error on the shortstop for the 1-0 lead.
Loyola Marymount added another run in the second inning to extend lead to 2-0. Molly Grumbo started the rally with a single back to the pitcher and she stole second. After a strikeout, Lindsey Matoi rapped a single through the rightside of the infield to put runners at the corners. Sanchez followed with a single down the leftfield line to drive in Grumbo.
UH's Nicole Lopez cranked a one-out, ground rule double over the left-centerfield fence to push her hit-streak to eight games. But the Lions' defense got a groundout to the pitcher and a flyout to center to end the inning.
Hawai'i got on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth. With two outs, Rachael Turner laced an opposite-field single down the leftfield line. Jennifer Iseri then reached on an error by the first baseman allowing pinch runner Jordian Hicks to advance to third. Bree Soma then beat out an infield single to short to drive in Hicks from third to cut UH's deficit in half, 2-1
UH starter Brittany Hitchcock allowed two runs (one unearned) on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts in six innings of work.
LMU starter Hannah Bandimere also threw a complete game in the opener, giving up one run on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts.
Loyola Marymount 3, Hawai'i 0
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The Lions stymied the 'Bows in the second game with a 3-0 shutout. In the second inning, Andrea Gonzalez led off with a solo home run to left-centerfield. Later in the inning, Sabrina Tebou hit a triple to the left-center gap and she scored on an RBI –single by Sanchez.
In the sixth inning, Gonzalez struck again, cranking her second solo, lead-off homer of the game to give the Lions a 3-0 lead.
Hawai'i's Dana Thomsen suffered the complete game loss. She allowed three runs on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts in six innings of work.
LMU's Linnay Wilson earned the complete game win. She retired the first 10 Hawai'i batters to start the game and finished allowing just three hits in the game with a walk and 10 strikeouts.
The Rainbow Wahine will stay in Los Angeles to face Weber State in a doubleheader at LMU's Smith Field beginning at 8:00 am HT.