#11 Oregon Blows Game Open Late, Lions Fall 12-2
Oregon scored eight times in the eighth to run away with the victory.
Feb. 21, 2014
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU baseball program held its own against #11 Oregon (5-0) early on Friday night at Page Stadium, trailing by just one run headed to the eighth, but an eight-run eighth put the game out of distance as the Ducks eventually ran away with a 12-2 victory over LMU (2-3) in the opener of the three-game series being play this weekend.
Tyler Baumgartner went 3-for-4 with two RBI and three doubles for Oregon, while Aaron Payne had three runs scored and a double. Left-hander Tommy Thorpe earned the victory on Friday night, going 7.0 innings and allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out six to improve to 1-0.
Junior Colin Welmon got the start for the Lions, going 7.1 innings and allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits and one walk while striking out six. The right-hander kept the Lions close, but eventually took the loss and fell to 1-1. For the second straight game, the LMU bullpen had trouble preventing the big inning, allowing seven of the eight runs to score in that lopsided inning.
Freshman Austin Miller once again had a strong day offensively, going 2-for-3 with a double out of the second spot in the order. Senior catcher Kevin Garcia also finished with two hits, going 2-for-3 with a run scored and a double.
The Lions got on the board first in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly from Tommy Cheek. That lead held until the third when a bad break cost the Lions a pair of runs. With two out and a man on third, Payne hit a two hopper toward first base where it hit the bag and rolled into right field to plate the first run. Baumgartner followed on the very next pitch, depositing the ball into the left field corner to hand Oregon the lead.
LMU managed to get back to even in the fifth when Garcia doubled and came around to score on a David Fletcher sacrifice fly two hitters later. Unfortunately #11 Oregon punched back in the top of the sixth, scoring a run on a Mitchell Tolman RBI-double to bring home Payne.
Kyle Garlick had one of the big blows in the eight-run eighth, connecting on a two-RBI double with the bases loaded, narrowly missing a grand slam over Mikos Blue Monster in left field. Connor Hofmann followed suit later in the inning, collecting a two-RBI double with the bags full to put the game out of reach.
LMU stranded 10 runners over the course of the game, while Oregon left only four on the bases.
LMU will continue the three-game series with Oregon tomorrow at 1 p.m.