Seven-Run Seventh Highlights LMU's 10-3 Victory
The Lions scored seven times in the seventh inning en route to a 10-3 victory over UC Riverside.
Feb. 28, 2010
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU (1-6) scored seven times in the seventh inning en route to claiming its first victory of the season, a 10-3 win over UC Riverside (5-2) on Sunday at Page Stadium. The Lions also benefited from a strong pitching performance from sophomore starter Ramiro Carreon in what proved to be a pitchers' duel through five innings.
Carreon, a native of Pasadena, Calif., tossed six innings, allowing one run on three hits and two walks while striking out two en route to his first victory of the season. He tossed only 28 pitches through the first three innings, facing the minimum through those frames. Fellow sophomore John Lally pitched two innings, allowing two runs on five hits before giving way to freshman John Tewhill who pitched a perfect ninth in his collegiate debut.
Sophomore Ryan Hawthorne led the way in the victory offensively, finishing 3-for-4 with a run scored, a double and three RBI. Jason Barmasse and Matt Lowenstein each contributed a pair of hits in the win. Barmasse batted 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a walk, a double and a RBI. Lowenstein went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a walk and a RBI. Barmasse has now hit safely in all seven games this year, batting .444 (12-for-27) with eight runs scored, four doubles, two walks and two RBI. Sophomore Shon Roe had his 10-game hitting streak snapped on Sunday, but finished 0-for-2 with a run scored and a RBI on a sacrifice fly. With a 1-for-5 day at the plate, Jonathan Johnson has now hit safely in six straight games. The native of Lakewood, Calif. is now 13-for-27 (.481) with eight runs scored, three doubles, a home run and five RBI over the six-game hitting streak.
Matt Larkins was impressive over the first five innings on Sunday as UCR's starting pitcher, but ran into trouble in the sixth. The right-hander pitched five and two-thirds innings total, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out four batters. The UCR bullpen was less than effective, allowing seven combined runs (four earned) on seven hits and a walk over two and a third innings of work. Dustin Emmons, who was slated to get the ball on Saturday in game one if the series had played itself into a four-game series as expected, lasted just two-thirds of an inning in relief and surrendered three runs on five hits and a walk. Brian McConkey led the UCR offense, finishing 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, two doubles and two runs scored out of the leadoff spot in the order. Michael Hur contributed two RBI in the loss for the Highlanders.
UC Riverside broke the scoreless game in the fourth inning, pushing a run across in the frame to take a 1-0 lead. Carreon nearly pitched-out of a runner at third and nobody out jam after surrendering a leadoff double, the first hit of the game for UCR, to McConkey to start the inning. A wild pitch pushed McConkey to third before Carreon induced a dribbler back to the mound for the first out without advancing the runner. Hur lifted a ball to right field on the ensuing play where Barmasse got a running start and delivered a throw just up the third base line. Tagging from third, McConkey slid into catcher Matt Koch's glove just as the ball arrived on the play, rattling the ball away from Koch to ensure the sacrifice fly and allow the run to score. Carreon got out of the inning two pitches later, producing a fly ball to centerfield off the bat of Robert Brantly.
Carreon pitched-out of a small jam in the sixth, stranding a pair of runners to keep the tally at 1-0. Bryan Horst led things off with a single before moving to second on a sacrifice bunt. The Lions elected to intentionally walk McConkey on the ensuing play to put the force back in order. Carreon picked a great time to collect his second strikeout of the day, punching-out Joey Gonzales for out number two. Hur flew out to left field on the ensuing play, stranding the runners at first and second.
LMU managed to break through in the sixth, scoring three times in the frame to take a 3-1 lead. A one-out double from Barmasse got the rally going, as he moved to third on Koch's team-leading seventh double of the year. Lowenstein won a long at bat on the ensuing play, drawing a walk on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases. Roe followed by lifting a fly ball to right for a sacrifice fly to knot the tally as Barmasse slid in just in front of the tag at the plate. UCR Reliever Emmons was quickly welcomed to the game by back-to-back RBI-singles to left field off the bats of Hawthorne and Joel Licon to cap the frame.
The Lions added to their lead in a big way in the seventh, pouring seven runs across on six hits and two errors. Barmasse contributed a RBI-single for the first run before Lowenstein also singled-in a run. Hawthorne completed his stellar day at the plate two batters later, lining a two-RBI single into left centerfield. After a Riverside error to load the bases, Bauer contributed a pinch-hit three-RBI double down the left field line to cap the seven-run frame.
The Highlanders managed to muster two runs in response in the eighth, as Gonzales collected a sacrifice fly and Hur singled-home a run. With a scoreless ninth, Tewhill ensured that the Highlanders got no closer and sealed LMU's first victory of the season.
The Lions return to action on Tuesday when they host UC Santa Barbara at 2 p.m.