Feb. 26, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
The LMU baseball team (3-5) competed with #21 UC Irvine over the first three innings on Tuesday at LMU's Page Stadium, but the Anteaters (7-1) showed an unrelenting offense en route to earning a 10-3 victory over the Lions. UC Irvine pounded out the 10 runs on 14 hits.
The Lions led 3-1 after three innings, scoring all three runs in the bottom of the third and chasing the UC Irvine starter, Elliot Surrey, from the game after just 2.2 innings of work. The Anteaters drew first blood with a run in both the second and third, including a solo home run from Ronnie Shaeffer to leadoff the second. Shaeffer led the offensive charge for UC Irvine, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI. Dominique Taylor also had three RBI on the day, finishing 2-for-5 with a run scored.
A one-out walk to Brice Savage got the third inning going and was followed by a single into left field from Cole Trezek that allowed Savage to scamper into third and Trezek to take second on the throw. David Edwards contributed the two-RBI single back up the middle, taking second on the throw to the plate as LMU knotted the tally at two runs apiece. After a fly ball for the second out, senior Colton Plaia delivered the go-ahead run with a single through the left side to bring home the speedy Edwards.
Unfortunately for the Lions, the rest of the game belonged to the Anteaters. UC Irvine got to LMU starter Patrick McGrath in the fifth, scoring three times in the inning to take a 5-3 lead and get into the Lion bullpen. McGrath finished the game having tossed five innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits while striking out four. With the loss, McGrath fell to 0-1 on the year. Taylor and Connor Spencer each had RBI-singles in the three-run fifth.
The Irvine seventh inning also resulted in three runs as a pair of hit batsmen and a single loaded the bases with one out. While freshman Michael Silva
was able to strike out Taylor Sparks for the second out, he could not escape from Shaeffer who lined a two-RBI single into left field. The third and final run of the frame came in to score on a wild pitch as Silva uncorked a fastball that got past Plaia behind the plate.
A wild pitch once again set the table for the Anteaters in eighth as a single from Palmer was followed by a walk and a wild pitch that allowed the lead runner to take third. Taylor promptly hit a ball to the backhand of Joey Boney at shortstop where the lead runner was erased at the cost of another run.
Shaeffer was back at it again in the ninth for UC Irvine, lining a single to left field and taking second when Trezek had trouble picking the ball up out of the grass. The error proved costly as Shaeffer scampered home on the ensuing double from Jerry McClanahan.
Right-hander Phillip Ferragamo took over Surrey on the hill for the Anteaters in the third inning, tossing the next 3.1 scoreless frames to improve to 1-0 on the year. Surrey escaped with a no decision after allowing three runs on three hits and a walk over his 2.2 innings.
LMU will return to action on Thursday when it opens play at the UNLV Rebel Classic against Hawai'i at 4:05 p.m.