Feb. 28, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -
Sophomore Colin Welmon tossed a complete game two-hit shutout on Thursday night as the Lions (4-5) defeated Hawai'i (0-9) by a count of 9-0 to open play at the UNLV Rebel Classic. The complete game two-hitter was the first for the Lions since Martin Viramontes limited Saint Mary's to two hits over nine on May 2, 2010. The complete game was also Welmon's second of his career, tossing his first at San Diego on May 11, 2012.
The right-hander needed 95 pitches to finish the complete game, allowing just the two hits to Kaeo Aliviado while striking out six and issuing no free passes. Welmon faced just one over the minimum in the game. With the victory, Welmon improved to 2-1 on the year.
The LMU offense came to play on Thursday, posting nine runs on 14 hits, led by its senior leaders. Matt Lowenstein and Colton Plaia each had three hits out of the three and four spots in the order, with Plaia's three-hit performance being his second in as many games. Seniors Cullen Mahoney and Zac Fujimoto each had two hits, as Mahoney went 2-for-6 with a triple, a run scored and a RBI. Hitting out of the ninth spot, Fujimoto went 2-for-3 with a season-best three RBI.
The Lions got to left-hander Scott Squier early on Thursday, plating three runs in the first, highlighted by Mahoney's RBI-triple and a RBI-single from Lowenstein. Squier lasted 5.2 innings and allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits and three walks en route to dropping to 0-2. Right-hander Scott Kuzminsky dealt the final 3.1 innings, surrendering four runs on eight hits and two walks.
LMU plated two more runs in the sixth to push the lead to 5-0, benefitting from a two-out two-RBI double from Fujimoto, before adding four more insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Tanner Donnels
, Brice Savage
and Fujimoto all had RBI-singles in the seventh as LMU's offense backed Welmon's stellar start.
LMU returns to action at the Rebel Classic tomorrow when it meets host UNLV at 6:05 p.m.