Lions Take Game One at #14 Oregon, 7-2
The Lions pounded out 12 hits and got a gritty start from sophomore Colin Welmon in the victory.
Feb. 22, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. - The LMU baseball team (3-2) pounded out 12 hits and got a gritty start from sophomore Colin Welmon en route to defeating #14 Oregon (4-1) by a score of 7-2 on Friday at Oregon's PK Park.
Sophomore Tanner Donnels recorded a career-high tying three hits in the victory, while seniors Matt Lowenstein and Cullen Mahoney each contributed two-RBI singles. Mahoney finished the game 2-for-5 with three RBI.
Welmon finished the game going six shutout innings, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out a career-high nine hitters to earn his first victory of the year. The right-hander, who improved to 1-1, got himself in trouble early, allowing the bases loaded in each of the first two innings, but escaping unscathed to keep the momentum with LMU.
Oregon sophomore Jake Reed looked good over the first three innings, but the Lions eventually got to the right-hander. Reed tossed five innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits while striking out a career-best eight. With the loss, Reed fell to 1-1.
LMU took the 1-0 lead in the fourth by way of a Donnels RBI-double to bring home Mahoney. Mahoney, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., singled and stole second to set up the RBI situation.
LMU added a four-run fifth to earn a healthy 5-0 advantage, benefitting from Lowenstein's two-RBI single back up the middle to bring home Joey Boney and Kevin Garcia. Garcia finished the game with two runs scored.
After J.J. Altobelli doubled to bring in Oregon's first run of the game in the seventh, LMU responded for two insurance runs in the ninth. This time it was Mahoney's two-RBI single up the middle that did the damage, chasing home Garcia and Brice Savage.\
LMU and #14 Oregon will continue the three-game series tomorrow at 2 p.m.