March 2, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -
Two Days after LMU's Colin Welmon fired a complete game two-hitter to beat the University of Hawai'i, the Rainbows (1-10) exacted some revenge on the Lions (4-7) by receiving a complete game effort of its own from Corey MacDonald. The senior right-hander dealt nine innings and used 101 pitches to take down LMU by a count of 8-3 on Saturday at UNLV's Wilson Stadium.
MacDonald allowed the three runs (one earned) on five hits, two walks and a hit-by-pitch while striking out five. LMU managed just one hit over the first seven innings as Matt Lowenstein doubled with two out in the first inning. MacDonald hurt himself in LMU's three-run third, walking the first two hitters in the frame before a pair of errors on a Joey Boney sacrifice bunt, including one charged to MacDonald, allowed the two runners to score and moved Boney all the way to third. A wild pitch followed later in the inning, allowing Boney to score the third and final Lion run of the game. The complete game was MacDonald's first of his career, pushing his record to 1-1 on the season.
Senior Aaron Griffin took the loss after allowing six runs (three earned) on seven hits, a walk and a hit-by-pitch while striking out two. The right-hander dropped to 1-2 with the decision. Sean Buckle and Michael Silva both appeared in relief for LMU, with Buckle tossing 2.1 innings and allowing two runs on two hits and two walks before Silva dealt the final two frames.
The first five hitters in the LMU order collected one hit apiece, as Colton Plaia
extended his hitting streak to seven games while Lowenstein and Tanner Donnels
each extended their streaks to five.
Kalei Hanawahine led the offensive charge for Hawai'i, finishing 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a double and two RBI. Adam Hurley and Marc Flores each collected two hits, with Hurley going 2-for-5 with a RBI and Flores scoring three runs.
Hawai'i got on the board first in the third, plating a pair of runs on a Lion throwing error and a single up the middle from Hurley. The error was charged to LMU's starting third baseman Cole Trezek when Austin Wobrock put down a sacrifice bunt that was thrown wide of the bag at first and rolled down the right field line.
After LMU plated its three runs in the home half of the third, UH got three runs of its own in the fourth, highlighted by a Hanawahine RBI-double and a run-scoring single from Wobrock.
The Rainbows used a two-out rally in the fifth to score once more, benefitting from an error charged to Brice Savage at second base that ultimately cost the Lions a run when Flores stole second and scored on a single from Trevor Podratz.
Hanawahine struck again in the eighth, singling home another Hawai'i run before the Rainbows eventually loaded the bases with one out. Silva, who entered with a pair of runners aboard, got ahead of Alan Baldwin 0-2, but hit the right-handed hitter on the ensuing pitch, forcing in the eighth run of the game for Hawai'i.
LMU will return to action tomorrow when it concludes play at the Rebel Classic with a game against Bradley at 12 p.m.