Freshman Nick Frasso threw 7.0 shutout innings, allowing just one hit and three walks while striking out nine, but Oregon (3-2) got to reliever Codie Paiva in the eighth and ninth innings to steal a 2-1 victory over LMU (1-5) from Page Stadium on Saturday night. The win for the Ducks evened a three-game series at one game apiece.
FRASSO TWIRLS A GEM: Freshman Nick Frasso threw 107 pitches en route to recording 7.0 shutout innings with nine strikeouts. The native of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. allowed just one hit - a Gabe Matthews leadoff double in the second. Frasso struck out two in four of his seven innings of work.
THE GAME-WINNER: With the game tied at 1-1 in the top of the ninth inning, Matthews delivered a RBI-double into the right field corner to score Spencer Steer all the way from first base. Steer had led off the inning with a single. Matthews finished the game with two doubles, accounting for two of Oregon's five hits.
A PITCHER'S DUEL: Frasso was paired against lefty Cole Stringer in a pitcher's duel on Saturday night, as both hurlers impressed. Stringer went 5.0 strong innings, allowing just one run on four hits before turning the ball over to the bullpen in a no decision. Oregon's late offense took Stringer off the hook for what would have been a tough-luck loss.
THE DECISIONS: Paiva was saddled with the loss for LMU after allowing two runs on four hits and a walk over his 2.0 innings of work. The right-hander gave up the tying run on a two-out RBI-single from Jonny DeLuca in the eighth before Matthews connected for the go-ahead in the ninth. The loss dropped Paiva to 0-2 on the year. Parker Kelly was the third of four pitchers used by the Ducks in the win, as Kelly contributed 2.0 perfect innings with two strikeouts to earn the victory and move to 2-0 on the year. Kenyon Yovan moved from DH to pitcher in the bottom of the ninth, tossing a 1-2-3 frame to secure his second save.
OFFENSIVE LION OF THE GAME: LMU finished with four hits, including Billy Wilson's RBI-single to break a scoreless game in the fifth. The single came with two out and plated Cooper Uhl who had doubled earlier in the frame.
LION NOTES: Niko Decolati began the year 0-for-7, but is 7 for his last 17 with two doubles, three runs scored and a homer ... Wilson has hit safely in all six games this year ... Wilson also stole a base on Saturday, running LMU's stolen base total to a perfect 9-for-9 in the category ... after shutting Oregon out over the final 8.0 innings on Friday, LMU did not allow a run to Oregon over the first 7.0 on Saturday - a span of 15 straight scoreless frames.
ON DECK: LMU will conclude a three-game series with Oregon on Sunday, as the two teams meet in the rubber game of the series at 1 p.m. The contest will be the fourth of the year between the two teams, as Oregon has taken two of the first three.
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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