Welmon Tosses Gem, Cohen Records RBI and Save in 2-1 Opening Night Victory
Junior Colin Welmon recorded the victory on Friday night under the lights at Page Stadium.
Feb. 14, 2014
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Junior Colin Welmon pitched a gem in LMU's first-ever night game played at Page Stadium on Friday night, earning the victory after going 7.0 innings and allowing just one run on five hits with five strikeouts. The Lions (1-0) posted two runs on two hits, but they took advantage of a Utah Valley (0-1) error in the second inning that proved just enough for Welmon and the LMU pitching staff to preserve a 2-1 victory.
Freshman Tyler Cohen had a stellar first game in a Lion uniform, finishing 1-for-2 with a RBI and a run scored before taking the mound with a man on and nobody out in the ninth to lock up his first career save. Brandon Horth was LMU's bridge from Welmon to Cohen, tossing 1.0+ innings, allowing just one hit and striking out one.
Andrew Freter took the loss for Utah Valley, allowing two unearned runs over 5.2 innings of work while striking out two. The Lions scored the unearned runs in the second inning, as Cassidy Brown reached on a one-out error before Cohen doubled inside the bag at first to plate the first run of 2014. After Cohen stole third base to set up an RBI-opportunity for Jimmy Jack with a runner at third and only one out, the junior transfer grounded a ball to shortstop to plate the second run.
Welmon allowed the only Utah Valley run of the game on one swing of the bat from Beau Kallas, as Kallas connected on a first-pitch fastball and put it over Mikos Blue Monster in left field for his first of the year. With a near full house on hand to watch the Lions and Wolverines on Opening Night, Welmon escaped danger in the sixth inning to preserve a 2-0 cushion. The right-hander allowed runners to reach second and third with nobody out after a leadoff single and an errant throw on a sacrifice bunt, but he proceeded to strike out the next two hitters and induce a ground ball to his sure-handed shortstop, David Fletcher, to end the inning and the threat.
LMU and Utah Valley will return to action tomorrow when they continue the three-game series at 1 p.m.