Feb. 23, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. -
Freebies ended up costing the Lions in a big way at #14 Oregon on Saturday as LMU (3-3) committed a pair of errors and sophomore right-hander Trevor Megill hit six batters and walked two more en route to succumbing to a 6-1 defeat at the hands of the Ducks (5-1). Oregon managed just two hits in the game, but took full advantage of the free bases. Megill hit just 10 batters over 15 starts and 90.2 innings of work in 2012.
Megill, who fell to 1-1 with the loss, allowed five runs (four earned) on one hit with eight strikeouts over six innings of work. Sophomore Brandon Horth took over during the seventh inning, tossing the final two frames and allowing an unearned run.
Megill hit three batters and walked one in the third inning, including hitting Brett Thomas with the bases loaded. The native of Huntington Beach, Calif. then allowed a two-RBI single to Ryon Healy to cap the scoring run.
The Ducks added three more runs in the seventh, benefitting from a pair of Lion throwing errors on bunts. Rain was falling intermittently throughout the game, forcing tough throws throughout the nine innings.
Sophomore David Edwards led the Lions with a pair of hits offensively, but LMU scored just one run on six hits as Tommy Thorpe dealt seven scoreless frames to improve to 2-0. The left-hander struck out six and allowed just four hits.
LMU's lone run came in the eighth inning when Tanner Donnels drew a walk and scored on three wild pitches unleashed by left-hander Garrett Cleavinger.
LMU and Oregon will play the rubber game of the series tomorrow at Noon.