Lions Drop Game One of Doubleheader, Game Two Suspended
LMU will complete the second game of the series at 10 am on Sunday.
March 1, 2014
The LMU baseball team (2-7) led 5-3 headed into the eighth inning before allowing four runs in the frame and dropping a 7-6 decision to Utah (5-3) in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
The second game of the doubleheader scheduled for Saturday was suspended due to rain with two on and one out and the Lions leading 1-0 in the bottom of the second. The Lions and Utes will complete the second game of the series on Sunday at 10 a.m. before attempting to play a second game to close the series.
Junior Colin Welmon got the start and took a no-decision, tossing 7.0 innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits with eight strikeouts. Carlos Fuentes took the loss after allowing four runs (two earned) on two hits without recording an out in the eighth. The decision moved Fuentes to 1-1 on the year.
Josh Chapman earned the victory for Utah, tossing 1.0+ innings in relief to improve to 2-0. Nick Green earned his third save of the year after pitching two scoreless innings and closing out the game on the hill.
While everyone expected rain to fall throughout the game, it wasn't until the four-run eighth that drops starting to fall at Page. Wyler Smith contributed a two-RBI double down the left field line to knot the tally at five before wet baseballs starting playing games with the Lions. Konnor Armijo struck out on a pitch in the dirt, but Garcia's throw to first sailed into right field, pushing runners to second and third. LMU attempted to intentionally walk the next hitter, but the fourth intentional ball was thrown to the backstop as it slipped out of Fuentes' hand, allowing a run to score. With the rain pouring, the umpires called for a rain delay that ran for 55 minutes. Bret Dahlson took over on the mound after the delay, inducing a double play in exchange for the fourth and final run of the inning.