Loyola Marymount 2, UC Riverside 0
LOS ANGELES, CA - Loyola Marymount was able to capitalize on timely hits to give UC Riverside its first loss of the Postseason NISC tournament with a 2-0 win at Smith Field Thursday afternoon.
LMU advances to the NISC Championship on Friday at 11:00 a.m. PT. The Lions will face the winner of UC Riverside/Eastern Kentucky.
Alicia Brown busted the game open with her solo home run in the top of the second. Lindsey Matoi and Molly Grumbo also contributed two hits each.
LMU increased its lead to 2-0 in the third and left the rest up to pitching and defense to shut down the Highlanders. Hannah Bandimere threw a seven-inning gem. She allowed just two hits and struck out four batters. The LMU defense made all the routine plays and a few incredible ones as well.
Tayler Misfeldt gave up eight hits, but also struck out eight LMU batters. Misfeldt and the UCR squad will face Eastern Kentucky right away in an elimination game.