ATHLETICS | Former LMU standout David Fletcher made the most of his call up to the big leagues last Wednesday. The former WCC Defensive Player of the Year and first team All-WCC selection with the Lions, joined the Los Angeles Angels after tearing up the league with the AAA Salt Lake Bees.
He was slotted into the starting lineup the day after his announced addition to the major league roster, playing third base and batting ninth for the Halos on June 13. After grounding out in his first at-bat, Fletcher came up clutch in his second time to the plate. Fletcher launched a 90+ mph slider deep into the outfield to collect a two-RBI triple as his first major league hit. His offensive day continued with a pair of singles in the sixth and eighth innings to raise his average to .750.
His defensive instincts where on full display as well. With two out in the seventh inning, Seattle’s Nelson Cruz hit a fly ball to left field, hoping to bring home Jean Segura from third. After an errant throw home took catcher Martin Maldonado away from the bag, Fletcher took off from his position at third base to run down the line, received a flip throw from Maldonado, and made the tag on Segura at home plate, keeping the Angels ahead for the time being.
While the Mariners came back to win, Fletcher’s debut will be a memorable one for LMU Athletics and all baseball fans. Click here for the complete list of Lions in the Pros.
From the other diamond, two 2018 graduates from the Loyola Marymount softball team, Alicia Brown and Sabrina Tebou, will be making their professional softball debut this summer as members of the American Softball Association in the league’s inaugural season. Brown was selected in the ASBA draft with the 44th overall pick and will be playing for team Future1s.
Tebou was picked up as a free agent by the E1 Pro Ballers. Brown and Tebou were both members of the Lions’ 2018 NISC Championship team. Brown earned NISC Colorado Regional MVP and NISC Championship Round All-Tournament Team honors after notching five home runs including two grand slams and 16 RBIs in just seven games throughout the tournament. Tebou was selected to the NISC Colorado Regional All-Tournament Team. She launched a grand slam of her own in the NISC opener vs. Northern Colorado to help LMU earn a 7-4 comeback victory in the bottom of the sixth. The inaugural season is based in Mobile, Ala. and will run from June 15 through July 31, 2018.
Following one of the best seasons in program history, LMU women’s tennis sports the #5 ranking in the Southwest Region according to the most recent Oracle/ITA listing. The Lions were also tabbed with the #55 ranking in the final ITA Team rankings of the year – the highest mark in program history. Individually, Veronica Miroshnichenko and Eva Marie Voracek also find themselves among the Top-20 singles players in the Southwest Region following standout freshman campaigns, checking in at #6 and #19, respectively. The duo also places #4 in the doubles rankings.
Women’s soccer has completed its signing class for the fall 2018 season with the addition of nine new players. Competing for Head Coach Michelle Myers and the Lions this fall are freshmen Siarfo Abekah, Kendyl Baker, Jalyn Lupo, Jordan Robinson, Emma Rohleder, Sydney Schultz, Taylor Sherman, and Brianna Van Giesen and sophomore transfer Dana Reed. The schedule for the season has been announced and ticket information is available as well.
Summer camps are off and running! Local children are learning from college coaches and athletes all summer long with LMU Athletics’ annual summer camps. With team specific camps ranging across different LMU sports, as well as aquatics specific camps, kids will love to spend their summer on the bluff. Learn more about camps and register today!