Big Inning Hurts Lions in 9-2 Setback at San Diego State
LMU led 2-0 headed into the sixth, but SDSU scored six in the sixth.
Feb. 18, 2014
The big inning hurt the Lions on Tuesday at San Diego State, as LMU (2-2) allowed six runs in the sixth inning to the Aztecs (3-1) en route to dropping a 9-2 decision at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Lions led 2-0 headed into the sixth, but the bullpen ran into trouble in the frame, eventually surrendering the lead.
Freshman J.D. Busfield was impressive in his first career start, allowing just three hits and two walks with four strikeouts over five innings of work. The right-hander left with the lead, but the LMU bullpen couldn't hang on. Left-hander Brandon Horth failed to record an out while facing four hitters, surrendering four runs on three hits and one walk before eventually being tagged with the loss and falling to 0-1. Senior Bret Dahlson, freshman Tim Peabody, and sophomore Michael Silva all tossed one inning, with Peabody tossing a scoreless seventh.
Tim Zier, who finished 4-for-5 on the night, got the sixth inning started with a single into centerfield before Ryan Muno singled through the left side. A bunt single from Seby Zavala loaded the bases with nobody out before Horth and Dahlson each walked in a run. San Diego State catcher CJ Saylor delivered the big blow for the Aztecs, belting a bases-clearing three-RBI triple into the right centerfield gap. He later came in on a sacrifice fly from Cody Sos to cap the scoring run.
San Diego State added three more runs in the eighth, highlighted by a two-RBI single from Zier.
LMU got on the board first with two runs in the first inning, but they could not muster any further offense the rest of the way. Three of LMU's six hits came in the first, including a Tommy Cheek RBI-double to plate Austin Miller and the game's first run. Miller finished the night 2-for-4 out of the second spot in the order.
While LMU had some success against SDSU starter TJ Kendzora, they could not seem to figure out right-hander Mark Seyler. The sophomore tossed 5.2 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out four. With the offensive outburst in the sixth, Seyler earned the victory and improved to 1-0.
The Lions will return to action on Friday when they open a three-game series with sixth-ranked Oregon at 6 PM.