The Matadors were shut out for their third and fourth straight games on Thursday as they lost a doubleheader to Loyola Marymount at Matador Diamond. Game 1 went to the Lions 8-0 in six innings, while LMU won the nightcap 5-0.
The Matadors fall to 5-6 with the twinbill defeat, while the Lions improve to 3-4 on the season.
Loyola Marymount jumped out to a 2-0 lead in game one with a pair in the third when Danielle Kaminaka doubled down the right field line to drive in both Lisa Abbott and Margo Pineda.
The Lions would add three more in both the fifth and sixth innings to envoke the mercy rule. Kayla Meeks scored on a botched rundown play and the next batter, Caylin Hornish, singled to right to plate Abbott. One out later, Brittany Bassett singled to the shortstop hole to score Pineda to make it 5-0. In the sixth, Pineda hit a two-run homer with Meeks aboard and Kaminaka followed with a solo shot to make it 8-0 Lions.
Meeks would shut down the Matadors from there, pitching six scoreless innings to record her first collegiate victory. The freshman struck out one and allowed six hits and no walks. Abbott, Bassett, Kaminaka, Meeks and Pineda each had a pair of hits for the Lions, who had 11.
Juniors Jen Dishner and Jan Moshier each went 2-for-3 at the plate, while fellow juniors Heather Martin and Emilee Moores had the other singles for CSUN. Kia Fennell started in the circle and allowed seven earned runs, 11 hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. Senior Jenny Wheeler faced Hornish and retired her on a groundout to end the sixth.
In game two, the two teams played four scoreless innings before the Lions broke through with three in the fifth. Kaminaka, Hornish and Emily Foltz had consecutive two-out, RBI singles to make it 3-0. Kaminaka would deliver the final knockout blow in the seventh with a two-run homer, her second of the day.
Kaminaka again had a two-hit game, while Hornish also went 2-for-4. Dishner and sophomore Laura Hovestreydt had the two lone singles in the second game for the Matadors, who recorded the dubious feat of being shut out for the fourth straight contest, which ties a school record. Sophomore Erin Sigala went the distance in the circle, striking out seven and allowing seven hits, five runs and five walks.
The Matadors will host the Shanghai Softball Team in an exhibition game on Thursday, March 10 at 2 p.m. at Matador Diamond. CSUN returns to regular-season action next weekend when it hosts Syracuse in a three-game weekend series (March 12-13). Saturday's doubleheader and Sunday's single game both start at Noon.