Lions Crush UCLA In Wild Finish
Baseball scores five runs in the bottom of the eighth to knock off Bruins 7-3 as Head Coach Frank Cruz wins number 200.
Feb. 17, 2004
Los Angeles, CA (Feb. 17) - The Loyola Marymount University baseball team scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat UCLA 7-3 in a wild non-conference battle at Page Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
The Lions (3-2), trailing 3-2 heading into the eighth inning, scored the winning run when A.J. LaMonda knocked a pinch-hit single to score James Cooper to take a 4-3 lead. The Lions would tack on three more for the winning margin to give Head Coach Frank Cruz his 200th career win at LMU.
The game was called due to darkness creating a wild finish. The Bruins looked to have tied the game with a four-run top of the ninth inning. However, the game was called in the middle of the ninth with darkness covering the field, forcing the top half to be nullified.
The bottom of the eighth inning started with a walk by senior Brady Koch. He advanced to second on a single by James Cooper, who finished the day with a career-best 4-for-4 with a run scored. Both Koch and Cooper advanced on a walk by Kyle Mura.
With the bases loaded, the Lions would tie the game on a wild pitch by Brian Schroeder. LaMonda then roped a single off pitcher Adam Simon's foot to score Cooper to take the lead for good. Mura then scored on a balk and then Chris Pettit delivered the knock-out with a bases clearing triple to score LaMonda and Billy Lockin, who was hit by a pitch.
Pettit went 2-for-4 on the day with two RBI while Mura also had two hits in three at-bats with an RBI and a run scored. Blake Feaser pitched the final two thirds in the eighth to pick up his first win as a Lion. Jeff Stevens, who started and gave up two runs over four innings, combined with relievers Gabriel Bueno and Jackson Creighton to hold the Bruins to just two runs on six hits through the first seven and a third.
The Lions will continue their home stand this weekend when New Mexico State comes to Page for a three game set. The series will begin on Saturday with a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. (PST).
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