March 3, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -
Senior Matt Lowenstein set a LMU single-game record and matched a NCAA record on Sunday, notching three of LMU's five triples, to help LMU (5-7) to a lopsided 23-10 victory over Bradley (3-8) at UNLV's Wilson Stadium to conclude play at UNLV's Rebel Classic Tournament. The five triples matched a LMU record set on February 11, 1975 against Long Beach State. Lowenstein's three triples bested the two hit by Jonathan Johnson (April 30, 2010 vs. Saint Mary's) and Ikaika Hoopii (May 6, 1994 vs. San Francisco). The left-handed hitting outfielder tripled in the first, third and fourth, as the Lions scored three in the first, seven in the third, six in the fourth, three in the sixth and four in the eighth. The last three triple game in NCAA history was achieved on April 9, 2006 by Brad Daniels of Albany (NY) vs. Hartford.
The Lions also drew six walks, were hit four times and stole a program-record tying seven bases. Cullen Mahoney, David Edwards and Zac Fujimoto all stole a pair of bases. LMU twice stole seven bases in a game before Sunday, including on May 9, 2003 against San Francisco and February 8, 1975 against UC Santa Barbara.
LMU's 23 runs were the most in a game since posting 20 at Cal State Northridge on March 14, 2010. Lowenstein finished the game 3-for-6 with three runs scored, a walk and a career-high tying four RBI. Sophomore Tanner Donnels and senior Fujimoto also had three hits, as Donnels went 3-for-6 with two runs scored, a double and two RBI and Fujimoto went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, two doubles and a career-high tying four RBI. Junior Brice Savage drove in three runs, while seniors Mahoney and Colton Plaia each contributed two RBI. Mahoney and sophomore Colin Welmon joined Lowenstein in the triples parade, collecting one apiece to help LMU match a program record.
Sophomore Brandon Horth
earned the victory and improved to 1-0 after dealing 2.1 innings and allowing just two hits and striking out a pair in what proved to be a slugfest early. Eric Scheuermann took the loss as Bradley's starter, lasting just 2.1 innings and allowing seven runs on six hits. With the loss, Scheuermann fell to 1-1.
The Braves came out swinging early, plating two runs in the first and five more in the second, including belting back-to-back homers in the second inning. Greg Partyka and Paul Solka went back-to-back in the inning, as Partyka blasted a three-run home run to precede Solka's solo shot to centerfield. The homers were the first of the season for both players and marked the first back-to-back shots allowed by Lion pitching since Patrick Wisdom and Troy Channing hit consecutive homers at Saint Mary's on May 13, 2011. Partyka finished the game 3-for-5 with a double, the homer and five RBI.
After scoring three runs in the first, LMU batted around in the third and fourth innings, scoring 13 times over the two frames to blow the game open. The seven-run third was highlighted by a Lowenstein two-RBI triple, a two-RBI single from Fujimoto, and a RBI-single from Tommy Cheek. The six-run fourth saw Lowenstein's third and final triple, also for two RBI, a RBI-triple from Mahoney, a two-RBI double from Savage and a RBI-single from Donnels.
LMU will return to action on Tuesday when it travels to UC Riverside for a game at 6 p.m.