Lions One-Hit in 6-1 Loss to UNLV
LMU couldn't get going offensively on Saturday en route to suffering a 6-1 loss.
Feb. 18, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU baseball team (1-1) couldn't get the offense rolling on Saturday, managing just one hit en route to falling 6-1 to visiting UNLV (1-1) at Page Stadium. UNLV freshman Zak Qualls, making his first career collegiate start, carried a no-hitter through 6.2 innings until Cullen Mahoney connected on a ground-rule double to right centerfield.
The left-hander allowed just three baserunners prior to the hit, with all three coming in the first. He retired 18 straight LMU hitters before surrendering the double on a 3-1 pitch. Qualls finished the game having thrown six and two-thirds innings, allowing an unearned run, just the one hit, and a walk to accompany five strikeouts. He threw 101 pitches over the course of the outing. Saturday marks the first time that LMU has been one-hit since Mario Hollands allowed just one in a 1-0 loss at UC Santa Barbara on March 6, 2009.
Freshman Trevor Megill took the ball for LMU and looked good over six innings. The right-hander allowed six hits and two runs (one earned) while striking out seven in his collegiate debut. The native of Huntington Beach, Calif. tossed 89 pitches before giving way to the bullpen in the seventh. Redshirt-junior Ramiro Carreon made his first appearance of the year on Saturday, recording the first two outs of the seventh before handing the ball over to left-hander Matt Florer with runners on first and second. Florer allowed both inherited runners to score, finishing the final two and a third innings, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out three.
Brandon Bayardi paced the UNLV offense, finishing 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and four RBI. Trevor Kirk, Scott Dysinger and Trent Cook each had two hits, as Cook also scored twice, notched a double, and recorded two RBI.
UNLV struck first on Saturday, plating a run in the top of the first inning on a RBI-double from Cook. After falling behind 0-2, Kirk led the game off with a single back up the middle to put Megill in the stretch. Alex Guthrie made a beautiful diving stab on a one hopper at third to record the first out of the inning, but Kirk moved to second on the play. Cook followed with the run-scoring shot into right centerfield, but Megill settled down from there en route to retiring the next two hitters in order to limit the damage.
The Lions answered right back in the bottom of the first, scoring a run without the benefit of a hit to knot the tally at 1-1. Joey Boney reached first on a one-out error by Danny Higa at shortstop. After Guthrie was hit by a pitch, LMU played aggressive, successfully executing a double steal to leave runners at second and third with only one out. As they did yesterday, the Lions played unselfish baseball to drive in the run, benefitting from a Nick Devian RBI-groundout to third base to chase home Boney. LMU managed to threaten further in the frame, putting runners at second and third with two out, but Qualls wiggled out of the jam without further damage.
A solid defensive play from Truhan in centerfield thwarted a potential rally in the fifth inning.. The junior ranged well into left centerfield on a single from Joey Swanner and fired a strike to second base to cut down Swanner as he tried to stretch a single into a double. Unfortunately for the Lions, Truhan ran into a bit of trouble defensively in the sixth, committing a pair of errors that allowed the go-ahead run to score and hand UNLV a 2-1 advantage. Cook lifted a seemingly routine fly ball to left centerfield to open the frame, but Truhan couldn't handle the play, allowing Cook to reach safely at first base. Bayardi made the error costly on the ensuing play, lining a RBI-double into the left field corner to bring home Cook all the way from first. After a strikeout for the first out of the inning, Truhan snagged a fly ball in center on the ensuing play, but his throw back into the infield sailed high and allowed Bayardi to move from second to third on the error. Fortunately for LMU, Guthrie came up huge with another diving play at third to rob Erik VanMeetren of possible extra bases and a RBI.
UNLV ran away from the Lions in the seventh, posting four runs on three hits, all coming with two outs, highlighted by a three-run home run off the bat of Bayardi. A two-out walk was followed by a single from Dysinger to chase Carreon. Florer entered and promptly surrendered a RBI-single into left centerfield on the first pitch of the at bat to Cook, running the tally to 3-1. Bayardi capped the frame on the ensuing play, connecting on his first home run of the year over Mikos Blue Monster in left field.
The Lions will conclude the three-game series with UNLV tomorrow with a game starting at 1 p.m.