Sophomore Josh Agnew turned in a quality start on Friday night as LMU opened a three-game series against Oregon with a 4-2 victory from Page Stadium. The victory was the first of the year for the Lions, who improve to 1-4 while dropping Oregon to 2-2.
THE FRIDAY GUY: Agnew collected his first victory as a Lion, throwing 6.2 innings and allowing just two runs (one earned) on six hits while striking out seven and issuing no walks. The right-hander used 91 pitches to work into the seventh. On the other side, junior Matt Mercer went 6.0 innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk while striking out four. Although his ERA still sits at 2.19 for the year, Mercer was tagged with the loss and fell to 1-1.
SETTLING IN: Agnew allowed two runs on two hits and an error in the top of the first, as Oregon came out swinging, but the native of Long Beach, Calif. scattered four hits and did not allow a run over the final 5.2 innings of work.
OFFENSIVE LION OF THE GAME: Freshman Kenny Oyama impressed in his first career start, going 3-for-4 with three of LMU's four runs scored while hitting out of the ninth spot in the order and playing right field. Oyama was 3-for-3 headed into the bottom of the eighth where he was robbed of a hit on a liner to first base.
DUCK ERRORS: Oregon, which entered the game having committed five errors in the first three games of the year, committed five in the loss on Friday. Ryne Nelson committed two at shortstop, while Spencer Steer, Ray Soderman and Mercer each made one. Despite the rough day in the field, the Ducks were charged with just one unearned run - coming on the line of Mercer.
THE TURNING POINT: LMU scored two runs in the bottom of the third inning to knot the game at 2-2 and begin to capture the momentum. Oyama got the inning started with a single before Billy Wilson punched a double inside the bag at first to put runners at second and third. Brandon Shearer followed with a sacrifice fly before Niko Decolati tied the game with a single through a drawn in infield.
BOX SCORE NOTES: Sean Paquet recorded the save, tossing the final 2.1 scoreless innings while striking out four ... the save was the first of Paquet's career ... Niko Decolati stole two bases to run his total to four on the year ... three of the six runs scored on Friday came via the sacrifice fly ... Jonny DeLuca went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI for the Ducks.
LION NOTES: Niko Decolati began the year 0-for-7, but is 6 for his last 13 with two doubles, three runs scored and a homer ... Billy Wilson was hit twice on Friday night, and has now been hit 39 times in his LMU career - tied for fifth-most in LMU history with Scott Walter (1998-00) ... Wilson and Trevin Esquerra have both hit safely in all five games this year.
ON DECK: LMU will continue a three-game series with Oregon on Saturday, as the two teams meet in game two at 6 p.m. The contest will be the third of the year between the two teams, as they have each captured a victory.
PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS: LMU still has 23 home games remaining to be played at Page Stadium. New ticket plans start at $50 for a General Admission season ticket, while Reserved season tickets can be purchased for $99. Members of LMU's Little Lions Club also get into all LMU home baseball games as part of the membership, while students, faculty and staff with a valid One Card also receive free General Admission access to every home game. Reserved season tickets behind home plate include a nameplate on your chair identifying your seat(s). Fans can also package a mini plan to include any five home games this year, with prices starting at $30. To purchase season tickets, mini plans or single-game tickets, please contact the LMU Box Office at 310-338-5466 or visit LMULions.com/tickets.
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