UNLV 6, Loyola Marymount
UNLV 6, Loyola Marymount 1May 21, 2005
LOS ANGELES - The Rebels (44-18) overcame an hour wait and Loyola Marymount (34-20) in Saturday's first elimination game at the Los Angeles Regional of the NCAA Tournament. The No. 2 seeded Rebels won a 6-1 contest and earned the right to play #7 national seed and #1 regional seed UCLA at Easton Stadium directly following the UNLV-LMU contest. The tournament victory was the first for the program since a 2-1 win in the 1995 Women's College World Series against Princeton on May 27th. This is the first regional win since a 2-0 win over Oklahoma on May 21 in the 1995 NCAA Regionals. The win over LMU snaps a two-game losing streak that UNLV was riding into the game.
Following two scoreless innings and UNLV acting as the visitors in the contest, the Rebels put three on the scoreboard in the top half of the third with help from a three-run home run from Maggie Livreri off LMU starter Tiffany Pagano (14-8). The left field homer was the first for Livreri in the NCAAs and ninth on the season, placing her in a tie for second most on the team. On base for the Caitlyn Paus and Brittany Meade. Paus hit a one-out single to left and was moved to third on a double to left center.
The three runs were good enough for Jacque Kerrigan to notch her 29th win of the season. In five innings of work, Kerrigan allowed one run on six hits, while striking out four and walking none. This is the 13th such occasion that she has started a contest and not allowed a walk. In the 13 walkless games, she is 12-1.
LMU had a few scoring opportunities in the game, but only capatilized in the bottom of the third. The Lions hit back-to-back one-out doubles to plate their only run of the game.
UNLV put two more runs on the board in the fourth to counter LMU's single run. Amber Campbell began the inning with a lead off walk. Marissa Nichols dropped her 17th double of the season down the right field line to push Campbell to third. Caitlyn Paus loaded the bases with another walk. Brittany Meade recorded an RBI when Pagano walked her to plate Campbell. Following Meade's walk, Pagano was replaced with Samantha Lavino. Lavino promptly hit Livreri to bring Nichols across the plate. Livreri wound up with her four RBI on the day, the fifth time this season she has recorded four or more RBI this season.
In the sixth, UNLV added its sixth run on a single by Valerie Keeney. Crossing the plate for the Rebels was Livreri for her second run of the day. Livreri walked with one out to start the offense. Rosa Ordaz picked up her second hit of the day and fourth of the tournament on a single to left field. Brittany Freight was awarded a single when her batted ball hit Ordaz in the base path. With Livreri having to stay at second on the dead ball and Freight on first, Keeney deposited a single into left center for the run.
Becky McDonald relieved Kerrigan and threw the final two innings. McDonald struck out three and held LMU batters hitless in its final two at-bats.
-- Courtesy UNLV