Offense Rolls, Arriaga Deals
LMU scored 18 runs on 20 hits and Brenton Arriaga dealt 5.0 innings in a victory.
Billy Wilson and Phil Caulfield each finished with three hits as LMU (3-3) pounded out 18 runs on 20 hits en route to beating Washington State (2-3), 18-5, on Saturday night from LMU’s Page Stadium to even a four-game series.
Wilson went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, a double, a walk, four RBI and a stolen base. Caulfield, hitting out of the leadoff spot, finished 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI to raise his average to .455 for the season.
Including Wilson and Caulfield, seven different Lions collected multiple hits. Jamey Smart added two hits, including a double, and two RBI, while Brandon Shearer had a 2-for-3 night that featured a triple and three RBI.
While the offense was busy collecting the most hits since putting up 22 against San Diego on 5/21/15, Brenton Arriaga and the Lion pitching staff was busy turning in a solid effort as well. Arriaga tossed the first 5.0 innings, allowing just one run on two hits and a walk with five strikeouts. The left-hander earned the victory and moved to 2-0, but left after 5.0 innings following a lengthy six-run bottom of the fifth.
LMU got on the board first in the second inning, plating three runs in the frame before adding two in the third, three in the fourth, the six in the fifth, three more in the sixth, and one in the seventh.
Ryan Walker got the start for Washington State, allowing 10 runs on 13 hits and three walks over 4.0 innings to fall to 0-1 on the season. While the offense certainly got the WSU pitching, LMU also took advantage of five Cougar errors.
LMU and Washington State will continue the four-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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