Senior pitcher Hannah Bandimere shouldered the load of the pitching staff, pitching in every game of the weekend series against BYU.

This weekend, the LMU Women’s Softball team (24-17 overall, 1-2 conference) took on Brigham Young University in their WCC opening series. The Lions only managed to come away with one win over the three-game series. Here are the three major takeaways from the weekend.

3. Major defensive issues

The Lions were plagued by defensive woes all weekend long, committing one error in each of the first two games, before somehow making eight errors in the series finale on Saturday. The 10 errors LMU committed over the weekend came back to haunt them. Of of the nine runs given up over the weekend, only four were earned.

2. Bandimere on short rest

The Lions only used three pitchers over the weekend: senior Hannah Bandimere, junior Samantha Manti and sophomore Linnay Wilson. Bandimere somehow had the stamina to pitch in every game this weekend, and in the first game on Friday, spun seven shutout innings, giving up only four hits, one walk and racking up four strikeouts en route to the 2-0 win. The very next day, Bandimere came into the first game of the double header to throw the final 0.2 innings in the loss, striking out a batter. If that wasn’t enough, minutes after the second game ended, Bandimere received the starting assignment of the final game of the series, pitching 3.1 innings, giving up only one earned run, walking one and striking out two in the eventual 5-1 loss. In total, Bandimere pitched 11 of 21 innings played this weekend.

1. Grumbo continues hot hitting

Despite the series loss, sophomore outfielder Molly Grumbo continued her recent tear at the plate, going 4-8 over the weekend with a home run and one RBI. Grumbo is currently hitting for a .304 batting average, with a career high four home runs, 12 RBIs, and five stolen bases out of the leadoff spot in the Lion’s lineup.

The Lions continue WCC play with a series against the University of San Diego next weekend at home. First pitch is scheduled for noon on Saturday, April 13.

This is the opinion of Zach Johnson, a sophomore International Relations major from Tai Tam, Hong Kong. Tweet comments to @LALoyolan or email comments to mthomas@theloyolan.com.

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