LMU will open the WCC Championship Tournament on Thursday vs. BYU.
Cory Abbott was named WCC Pitcher of the Year to lead a pack of seven LMU honorees.
LMU surrendered four in the second and one more in the third before falling, 5-3.
LMU scored six runs on five hits in the fourth inning en route to earning an 8-5 victory and a series win.
Saint Mary’s got off to an early 8-0 lead after three innings.
LMU will begin the 2016 season at #11 TCU on Friday night.
West Coast Conference action from Page Stadium April 8, 2017
LMU Baseball vs. Pacific | March 31, 2017 LMU 8, PAC 7
Cory Abbott pitches perfect game in West Coast Conference action at Page Stadium on Mar. 25, 2017
LMU Baseball vs Pepperdine, Page Stadium, April 17, 2016
Game two of West Coast Conference series from Page Stadium on Mar. 19, 2016
2017 second team All-WCC... hit .271 with 43 runs scored, 13 doubles, a triple and eight homers over 88 games played and 75 starts for the Lions in two-year career... drove in 37 runs and slugged .422 in his career... stole 17 bases in 22 attempts...
2017... named second team All-WCC... batted .294 with 29 runs scored, 11 doubles, a triple and four homers while appearing in all 56 games as a senior, starting 53... posted 26 RBI, 20 walks, seven hit-by-pitches and 15 stolen bases... collected 13 multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI contests... batted .379 with 17 runs scored, 10 doubles, three homers and 19 RBI in WCC play.. 3-for-4 with a homer, two runs scored and an RBI at Gonzaga on 5/14... 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a homer and three RBI at Portland on 5/21... 4-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI at Pepperdine on 4/21... 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and two RBI vs. San Diego on 4/29... launched first homer of year as part of 3-for-6 at CSUN on 4/25... belted third homer of the year at Portland on 5/19... 4-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI vs. Pacific on 4/2... 2-for-5 with a run scored, two doubles and two RBI at Saint Mary's on 4/13... 2-for-4 with a run scored and a double at USF on 3/17... hit, stolen base and a run scored at Arizona State on 3/3... 2-for-4 with two runs scored vs. Washington State on 2/25...
2016... played in 32 games for LMU, starting 22... batted .222 with 14 runs scored, two doubles, four homers and 11 RBI... drew eight walks and stole a pair of bases... three of his four round-trippers came against WCC foes... slugged .455 against the conference while registering seven RBI... registered four multi-hit games and three multi-RBI contests... hit safely in four straight games from 4/26 -- 5/10... batted .458 against left-handed pitching... hit .306 with runners aboard... notched four two-out RBI... 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run homer vs. Saint Mary's on 5/7... first hit and run scored as a Lion came vs. #21 USC on 2/23... 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI at Santa Clara on 4/30... 2-for-3 with two runs scored, an RBI and a walk at UCR on 5/10... solo home run at UCLA on 4/12... 2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI vs. Pepperdine on 4/16, marking his first multi-hit game... pinch-hit RBI-double at SJSU on 2/27... belted first career homer (two-run HR) vs. Portland on 3/19...
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2015... Southern California All-State at catcher while playing for former LMU standout Jeff Walker... ABCA/Rawlings All-Region and All-American... Western State Conference North Division Co-Player of the Year... first team All-Western State North Division selection in 2015... hit .338 with 26 runs scored, 11 doubles, three triples, two homers and 34 RBI while playing in 41 games... drew 13 walks and stole five bases while slugging .487... hit .372 and slugged .553 in the regular season... helped his team to the WSC North Division Championship... finished fifth in the state for the second straight season... guided team one victory shy of the State Final Four...
2014... hit .241 with 15 runs scored, a double and 11 RBI... drew 13 walks and was 6-for-6 in stolen base attempts...
A 2013 graduate of Monterey High School in Monterey, Calif... four-year varsity letter winner, including serving as team captain in his final two seasons... named All-Conference and All-Area as a junior and senior... helped guide his team to the playoffs all four years, including league championships in 2010 and 2011... CIF-CCS DII Champions in 2011... named MVP of team, offensive player of the year, All-County and Monterey Herald Athlete of the Year as a senior... hit .407 with five doubles, two triples and 20 RBI to the tune of a .593 slugging percentage as a senior... reached base at a .546 clip while stealing 13 bases... also wrestled and played football in high school...
James Laurence Hill III was born November 28, 1995 in Monterey, Calif... son of Jackie Riechers and James Hill... father played football at Monterey Peninsula... has one brother, Christian, and one sister, Kiara... chose to come to LMU because he saw it as an invaluable opportunity to help his family, receive a great education, and continue to play baseball... a communications major.
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