Goldfarb's Big Day Spoils Opening Day

Feb. 16, 2018

Box Score

Opening the 2018 season at the Marucci Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev., LMU baseball had Opening Day spoiled by Oregon's Jakob Goldfarb, as the junior went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, and five RBI, to lead the Ducks (1-0) past LMU (0-1) by a score of 6-1 from Earl E. Wilson Stadium.

With LMU leading 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Goldfarb began his damage, lacing a game-tying RBI-double into centerfield to chase home Ryne Nelson.

After Jonny DeLuca broke a 1-1 tie with a solo homer off of LMU's starter, Josh Agnew, in the sixth, Goldfarb came to the plate with two men aboard and laced a no-doubt three-run homer out to right field to hand Oregon a 5-1 lead. The round-tripper came off of Codie Paiva who was making his 2018 debut as the first reliever used by the Lions.

Goldfard's final plate appearance came in the bottom of the eighth, as he hit with a man at third and two out. Facing freshman Austin Carder, the left-hand hitter lined a single into centerfield to reach the five-RBI plateau.

Agnew, who dropped to 0-1, was impressive early on Friday in his Lion debut, facing the minimum through 3.1 innings, and allowing just one hit through 4.0. The fifth inning proved rough for Agnew, as the right-hander surrendered back-to-back doubles to start the fifth and tie the game, but he did settled down nicely to strike out a pair and strand the go-ahead run at third.

Unfortunately, Oregon's Matt Mercer was busy working in and out of the trouble on the other side of the scorecard, eventually logging 6.1 innings and allowing just one run on four hits while pitching around three walks and a hit-by-pitch to improve to 1-0 with the win. The junior right-hander benefitted from two big double play balls, as the Ducks turned three - with the final coming on a line drive to the backhand of Kyle Kasser with the bases loaded in the eighth. Trevin Esquerra was at plate as the tying run in a 5-1 game, but his line drive fond Kasser's web for an inning-ending double play that kept the Lions off the board.

 

 

LMU will look to capture its first win of 2018 on Saturday when it plays a neutral contest against Indiana State at 1:05 p.m.

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