Late-Inning Runs Propel Ducks Past LMU, 12-3
Oregon scored nine runs in the final three innings of the game on Monday.
Feb. 22, 2010
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - After playing even through six innings, LMU (0-4) allowed nine runs over the final three frames of play, including four in both the seventh and ninth innings, en route to dropping a 12-3 decision to Oregon (3-1) on Monday at LMU's Page Stadium.
Junior Jason Barmasse led the Lion offense, which finished with seven hits on Monday, batting 2-for-4 with a run scored. Matt Koch, Shon Roe and Matt Lowenstein each drove in a run for LMU, with Roe collecting a RBI-triple and Lowenstein a RBI-double.
After surrendering two runs in the second inning, LMU starter Alex Gillingham settled-in nicely to toss six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out five. After delivering 96 pitches to get through six innings, Gillingham gave way to freshman Matt Florer on the hill. The native of Mission Viejo, Calif. did not record an out, allowing two unearned runs on one hit to be tagged with the loss. Senior Jordan McClintick pitched two innings, yielding three runs (one earned), on three hits and two walks before handing the ball over to Greg Meyers. Meyers allowed four runs on two hits and two walks without recording an out before freshman Alex Sachs made his collegiate debut. Sachs tossed one scoreless inning, surrendering one hit and striking out a batter.
Danny Pulfer led the offensive charge for Oregon, finishing 3-for-5 with two runs scored, four RBI and a double. Curtis Raulinaitis also batted big for the Ducks, belting his first home run of the season en route to a 2-for-4 day at the plate with two runs scored and two RBI. Zack Thornton got the start on the hill for Oregon, tossing 5.2 innings and allowing three runs on six hits and one walk. Scott McGough inherited a tie game in the sixth, pitching two and a third scoreless innings and surrendering just one hit and a walk over the span. When the Oregon bats broke the tie ballgame in the seventh, McGough was rewarded for his relief effort with his first victory of the season. Drew Gagnier contributed a 1-2-3 ninth inning, including collecting a pair of strikeouts.
Oregon got on the board first in the second inning, plating a pair of two-out runs on two hits. Danny Pulfer contributed a one-out single to get the inning started before J.J. Altobelli lined out for the second out of the inning. Curtis Raulinaitis drew a four-pitch walk on the ensuing play, pushing runners to first and second. Leadoff hitter KC Serna followed with a clutch two-out two-RBI double over the head of Barmasse in right field.
After a scoreless third inning, LMU got itself on the board with a three-run fourth to take a 3-2 lead after four. Jonathan Johnson led the inning of right with a single back up the middle on a 3-2 pitch. Barmasse followed with a single through the left side on a hit-and-run, allowing Johnson to advance safely to third base by way of an incredible slide around the tag, and Barmasse to move to second on the throw. Koch did his job on the ensuing play, lifting a fly ball to deep centerfield for a sacrifice fly to get the Lions on the board. Roe drove in the second run of the inning, tripling past a diving Raulinaitis in centerfield. Lowenstein collected his first collegiate hit and RBI on the second pitch of the next at bat, lining a fastball just inside the bag at third to bring home Roe and cap the scoring run.
The Ducks wasted no time evening the tally at 3-3, pushing an unearned run across in the fifth. Marcus Piazzisi contributed a one-out single before moving to second on a chopper up the middle that resulted in out number two. Eddie Rodriguez followed with a one hopper to Johnson at second base, where the Lion knocked the ball down but threw wide and in the dirt, allowing Piazzisi to score from second base and knot the tally.
Oregon broke the stalemate in a big way late, scoring nine unanswered runs over the final three innings. An Eddie Rodriguez sacrifice fly, teamed with a two-RBI single off the bat of Pulfer highlighted the four-run seventh for Oregon. Raulinaitis took it upon himself to score the run in the eighth, blasting a leadoff home run down the right field line for his first round-tripper of the year. A bases-loaded two-RBI double from Pulfer proved to be the big blow in the four-run ninth inning, sealing the Oregon victory.
The Lions will return to the field tomorrow when they travel to USC to square-off against USC at 6 p.m. That game is the final game of a string of five over the first five days of competition.