One no-hitter and two wins for Mercy Rule in Lions doubleheader

LOS ANGELES — The Loyola Marymount University softball team (19-10) defeated the Harvard Crimson, 10-0, in Game 1 with a no-hitter performance, then sealed the sweep with another victory, 10 -2, to move to 21-10 on the season. Those two wins tie the record for the fifth-most consecutive wins in program history.

Game 1 between the Lions was a landslide, as the Lions were able to force the eight-run mercy rule in five innings, while throwing a no-hitter.

Peyton Angulo pitched the Lions, bombing a 3-RBI homer to right center field, giving the Lions a 3-0 lead late in the first inning.

Later in the same round, Jasmine Sofowora would hit her first home run of the season, as she compiled 3 RBIs to increase the Lions’ lead, 6-0.

At the end of the second, the Lions were determined to bring more energy, Arianna Jaurequi would hit an RBI single to center field, allowing Morgan DeBord score for the Lions.

Goergia Blair would then hit an RBI single herself to cross the field, bringing Peyton Angulo. Which was immediately followed by another amazing shot from Sofowora, who hit an RBI single in the middle.

Always at the end of the second, Alyssa Daniell nailed another RBI single for the Lions, allowing Blair to score another run to make it 10-0. The remainder of the game was all defensive as the Lions would not allow a hit or run and the Crimson would allow a few more hits before the mercy rule applied midway through the fifth inning.

The Lions finished the game with twelve total hits for the Crimsons, zero hits. Jasmine Sofowora finished 2-3 at the plate, hitting his first home run of the season, while compiling four RBIs. Peyton Angulo also went 1-2 at the plate, hitting her third home run this season, while compiling three RBIs. Morgan DeBord went 2-2 at home plate, scoring two of the Lions’ ten runs.

Jenna Perez moves at 8-3, pitching 4.0 innings without allowing a hit or run, while producing ten strikeouts. Logan Caymol was the relief, pitching 1.0 innings while allowing no hits and no runs. It’s the Lions’ first no-hitter of the season.

Going into Game 2, the Crimsons were determined to get hits and runs on the board as they fired like a rocket against the Lions.

In the top of the first inning, the Crimsons hit a 2 RBI double to give them an early 2-0 lead over the Lions.

Although the Lions managed to get a few hits on the board, they weren’t able to score until late in the third inning when Val Pero hit a single 2 RBI in the middle to bring back Sydney Pool and Alyssa Daniell tie the match, 2-2.

Late in the fourth inning, the Lions begin to dig deep for control, as Allysa Daniell hits an RBI single to left center field, leading Sofowora into a 3-2 lead.

The Lions allowed the Crimsons to get a runner to third base in both the fourth and fifth innings, but managed to hold them on base.

Late in the fifth inning, the Lions were determined to end the game early as they began to build momentum at home plate.

Val Pero started the fifth inning with a 2 RBI single to the left field line, followed by a double RBI by Megan Derick which brought Pero to increase the lead to 6-2.

In the same inning, Sofowora would continue his strong performance of the day by hitting an RBI single to center field, which was followed by a double 2 RBI by Andrea Gonalez to make the score, 9-2. Poole would then score a fielding error by third base, after Morgan DeBord hit a pop fly to the infield, which enforced the eight-run mercy rule in five innings.

The Lions finished the game with twelve total hits against the Crimsons, seven hits. Val Pero finished 3-3 at the plate, collecting 4 RBIs in the act. Jasmine Sofowora went 2-3 at the plate, while compiling an RBI and scoring two runs. Andrea Gonzalez went 2-3 at the plate, also collecting 2 RBIs in Game 2.

Jessica Hubbard East now 4-0 this season, as she pitched 4.0 innings, allowing four hits and no runs. Pauline Johnson started, pitching 1.0 innings, allowing three hits and two runs.

The Lions are now 16-0 when leading after five innings. Jenna Perez is not ranked in the top 10 in the nation in strikeouts, and with today’s two wins, the Lions tied for fifth place for most consecutive wins in program history.

The Lions return to Smith Field on Thursday, March 17 for a double header with the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. The first pitch is scheduled to start at 3:00 PM PST., Game 2 will follow at 5:00 PM PST.

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