Pitching in Hawaii for the first time since the Hawaii State Tournament as a high school player, junior Codie Paiva tossed a complete-game shutout against the Rainbow Warriors as LMU (2-7) posted a 3-0 victory over Hawaii (5-3) on Thursday night from Les Murakami Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
RIGHT AT HOME: Codie Paiva was efficient in posting the complete-game shutout, throwing just 86 pitches, 64 for strikes, while scattering four hits and a walk with four strikeouts. With the win, Paiva moved to 1-2 on the season.
A PITCHER'S DUEL: Paiva and Jackson Rees both turned in strong starts, with Rees logging 7.1 innings of scoreless baseball while striking out eight in a no-decision. Rees did not allow a hit until Nick Sogard led off the seventh with a single.
HOW IT WAS WON: LMU took advantage of a pair of mistakes defensively in the top of the ninth to break a scoreless game. Sogard led off the inning by reaching on an error charged to Ethan Lopez at third base. A double from Niko Decolati pushed runners to second and third, but a shallow fly ball to left resulted in the first out without the advancement of a runner. Trevin Esquerra followed and drew a walk, with the final ball going for a passed ball that allowed Sogard to score. LMU would punch two more insurance runs across later in the inning when Cooper Uhl delivered a two-out two-RBI single into left centerfield. Kyle Hatton was charged with the three unearned runs and fell to 1-1 with the loss.
BORN TO RUN: LMU stole one more base on Thursday, but was caught for just the second time this year. The Lions are now 18-for-20 in stolen base attempts. The Lions began the year 11-for-11 in stolen bases.
OFFENSIVE LION OF THE GAME: Uhl went 1-for-3 with the clutch two-RBI single and a walk to ensure his battery mate had a chance to finish what he started in the ninth.
LION NOTES: The road victory over Hawai'i is the first for LMU since posting a 7-6 win over the Rainbow Warriors on February 13, 1994 … the complete-game shutout is the first since Cory Abbott went the distance and blanked Gonzaga on May 13, 2017 … the shutout was the first of the year for LMU, and the first since shutting out Oregon on May 17, 2017 … Paiva's win was his second in as many starts against Hawai'i, as he picked up the win after tossing 6.0 innings and allowing just two runs while striking out seven on April 25, 2016 at home.
ON DECK: LMU will continue the four-game series in Hawai'I on Friday at 8:35 p.m. PT. The four games are part of a six-game string of road contests for the Lions that began on Tuesday at USC and will conclude at UCLA next Tuesday. Live links to follow all the action can be found at LMULions.com.
PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS: LMU still has 20 home games remaining to be played at Page Stadium. New ticket plans start at $50 for a General Admission season ticket, while Reserved season tickets can be purchased for $99. Members of LMU's Little Lions Club also get into all LMU home baseball games as part of the membership, while students, faculty and staff with a valid One Card also receive free General Admission access to every home game. Reserved season tickets behind home plate include a nameplate on your chair identifying your seat(s). Fans can also package a mini plan to include any five home games this year, with prices starting at $30. To purchase season tickets, mini plans or single-game tickets, please contact the LMU Box Office at 310-338-5466 or visit LMULions.com/tickets.
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