Lions Rout Holy Cross in Game Two, 16-5
LMU scored five times in the third and seventh innings in the victory.
Feb. 28, 2009
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU (6-2) scored 16 runs on 14 hits en route to routing Holy Cross (0-2) by a count of 16-5 on Saturday in game two of a doubleheader played at Page Stadium. LMU posted five players with multiple hits in the win.
Freshman Shon Roe led all players with three hits on the day, batting 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and five RBI. The five RBI are the most since Andy Preston collected six versus San Diego on March 9, 2008. Roe batted 2-for-4 with a RBI and a double in the first game of the double-dip, finishing a combined 5-for-9 with two doubles, a run scored and six RBI on the day.
Kyle Spraker, Angelo Songco, Brad Bauer and Ryan Hawthorne each collected two hits in the victory, with Spraker and Bauer each posting a double. Spraker finished with two runs scored and a RBI, while Songco amassed three runs scored and a RBI. Ollie Enos also scored three runs in the game, batting 1-for-3 with a RBI. Ryan Wheeler belted his second home run of the season, and of the day after homering in the first game on Saturday, in the first inning.
Senior Ernie Cho dealt the first six innings for LMU, allowing five runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out five batters. Cho earned the victory, improving to 1-1. Freshman John Lally pitched three quality scoreless innings, striking out five batters to earn his first save of the season and of his career.
Eric Oxford paced the Holy Cross offense, finishing 3-for-4 with a double and a RBI. Nick Ciardiello and leadoff hitter John Sills also posted multiple hits, collecting two apiece. Starter Bobby Holmes was charged with the loss after pitching two and two-thirds innings and allowing seven runs on five hits and three walks. The loss was his first of the season.
LMU scored twice in the first inning on Wheeler's two-run home run to left centerfield. After Holy Cross answered for two runs of its own in the top of the third, LMU exploded for five in the bottom of the frame. A bases-loaded hit-by-pitch forced the first run across before Roe cleared the bases with a double to right centerfield. Hawthorne wasted no time capping the frame, singling home Roe on the ensuing play.
The Lions would add two more runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, while the Crusaders managed two and one in the fifth and sixth. Roe singled home Enos in the fourth, and Spraker and Songco drove in a run apiece in the fifth to highlight those frames for the Lions. Spraker doubled to left centerfield to drive in Johnson for his RBI, while Songco singled down the right field line to push Spraker home.
The Lions once again came unglued in the seventh, scoring five more insurance runs to take a commanding 16-5 lead. Johnson picked-up a RBI-double to right centerfield to drive in the first run before a walk and a hit-by-pitch pushed the second across. Bauer followed with a two-RBI double to plate Songco and Spraker, and Roe capped the frame with a productive groundout to bring home Enos.
LMU and Holy Cross will conclude the three-game series tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.