This Week in Sports

Baseball, 11-9 overall, 2-1 West Coast Conference

  • Tuesday, March 21 vs. CSU Northridge, 6 p.m. Page Stadium, Los Angeles
  • Thursday, March 23 vs. Brigham Young University, 6 p.m. Page Stadium, Los Angeles
  • Friday, March 24 vs. BYU, 6 p.m. Page Stadium, Los Angeles
  • Saturday, March 25 vs. BYU, 1 p.m. Page Stadium, Los Angeles

LMU baseball earned a 2-1 series victory in their conference opener against University of San Francisco this past weekend, and will look to continue building momentum in the WCC as they return home this week for four games. The Dons needed a walk-off grand slam on Saturday to defeat LMU, but the Lions responded on Sunday with a 3-2 victory behind a quality start from junior pitcher Cory Abbott. The Lions face CSU Northridge in non-conference play on Tuesday, before diving into a three-game home series against conference opponent BYU. The Cougars enter the series 9-9, and will be playing their first WCC series of the season.

Softball, 10-16 overall, 0-0 WCC

  • Tuesday, March 21 vs. Dartmouth, 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Smith Field, Los Angeles
  • Thursday, March 23 vs. Cal State Fullerton, 1 p.m. Smith Field, Los Angeles
  • Friday, March 24 vs. Cal State Fullerton, 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Smith Field, Los Angeles

LMU dropped the final three games of the annual LMU Tournament this past weekend, but has a chance to rebound this week. They’ll need to do so, as they play five games, featuring doubleheaders against Dartmouth on Tuesday and Cal State Fullerton on Friday. Despite team struggles on the final day of the tournament, Senior outfielder Amanda Dirks was recognized for her individual performance, winning the WCC Player of the Week award. Dirks is hitting .538 over the last five games, with a home run and an RBI. LMU concludes a 22 game home stand this weekend.

Women’s Water Polo, 9-11 overall, 0-0 Gold Coast Conference

  • Saturday, March 25 vs. Fresno Pacific, 4 p.m. Burns Aquatic Center, Los Angeles

After dropping the first game of the LMU Invitational on Saturday afternoon, LMU women’s water polo ended the weekend on a three-game win streak, and carry that momentum into a week of practice in preparation. The Lions do not play until this Friday, when they’ll play their Golden Coast Conference opener against Fresno Pacific University. LMU is projected to finish third in this season’s WCC standing.

Men’s Golf

LMU men’s golf earned a fourth-place finish at the Grand Canyon Invitational in Phoenix, AZ this past weekend, shooting 276-286-289-851. Preseason All-WCC sophomore Riley Elmes continued his run of strong play, shooting a 208 on his way to another top-five finished. Elmes got the weekend off to a great start with a 67 on Friday, just one stroke shy of his career-best 66. The Lions play next on April 3, in the Redhawk Invitational.

Men’s Tennis, 4-10 overall, 0-1 WCC

  • Saturday, March 25 vs. St. Mary’s, 12 p.m. LMU Tennis Center, Los Angeles
  • Sunday, March 26 vs. Pacific,1 p.m. LMU Tennis Center, Los Angeles

Men’s tennis kicks off conference play this weekend, with matches against Saint Mary’s College and University of the Pacific. After dropping both matches last week, LMU will look to channel some of the momentum of their female counterparts as they begin the 2017 WCC Season. The Lions are slated to finish sixth in the WCC last year, while the Gaels and the Tigers are projected 10th and fifth, respectively.

Women’s Tennis, 6-2 overall, 0-0 WCC

  • Wednesday, March 22 at USC, 3 p.m. Los Angeles, CA
  • Friday, March 24 at University of Pacific, 2 p.m. Stockton, CA
  • Saturday, March 25 at St. Mary’s, 11 a.m. Moraga, CA

LMU women’s tennis has certainly made the most of their time at LMU Tennis Center this season, winning six matches in a row on their home court, concluded by a dominant 7-0 victory over Texas State. This week, LMU will look to ride their upstart momentum into a crosstown rivalry with USC and the first weekend of the 2017 WCC campaign this weekend. After facing the Trojans Wednesday, LMU will head north to face University of the Pacific and Saint Mary’s. Like the men, the LMU women are projected to finish sixth in the WCC. At their current level of play, they could easily surpass that.

Tim De Vries is junior mechanical engineering major from Lake Oswego, Oregon. He tells people he's from Portland because they don't know where Lake Oswego is. Tim is a lifelong Portland Trailblazers fan, and wishes he could spend more time at the beach.

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