Trailing 5-1 headed to the ninth inning, LMU managed to score twice in the frame to cut the deficit to 5-3, but the Lions (3-8) ultimately dropped the contest to Hawai'i (6-4) by that score on Saturday night from Les Murakami Stadium.
THE TURNING POINT: The game was tied 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth, but Hawai'i scored three runs on four hits to claim a lead it would not relinquish. A one-out double from Jacob Sniffin got the rally started before a passed ball charged to Cooper Uhl allowed the runner to score all the way from second and put the Rainbow Warriors on top. LMU starter Nick Frasso got the next man for the second out, but Dylan Vchulek and Dustin Demeter singled to chase Frasso and get into the bullpen. Adam Fogel followed by greeting reliever Austin Carder with a two-RBI triple into the right-centerfield gap, extending the advantage to 4-1.
BOX SCORE NOTES: Frasso was charged with the loss after allowing four runs on seven hits with four strikeouts over 4.2 innings … the decision dropped Frasso to 0-2 on the year … Neil Uskali earned the victory after throwing 7.0 innings of one-run ball … the right-hander allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out four to improve to 2-1 on the year … Dylan Thomas, who entered with the bases loaded and the tying run at the plate in the eighth, struck out Trevin Esquerra to escape that jam … he would ultimately allow two runs in the ninth, but would be credited with his fourth save of the year … the 3,477 fans were the most for an LMU game this year.
OFFENSIVE LION OF THE GAME: Senior Jamey Smart went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI - driving in the tying run with a clutch two-out RBI-single in the fourth. Smart also led off the ninth inning with his first double of the year, eventually scoring on a RBI-single from Uhl.
LION NOTES: LMU is now 5-23 in road games against Hawai'i … Saturday's loss snapped a string of four straight wins for LMU over Hawai'i overall … the Lions have had eight of the last nine games decided by two runs or less, as LMU is 3-6 over the span.
ON DECK: LMU will conclude the four-game series in Hawai'I on Sunday at 3:05 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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