Lally Goes Eight Strong, Lions Earn Series Split with 4-1 Victory
Junior John Lally went eight innings and allowed just one run en route to guiding LMU to the victory.
March 6, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
Junior John Lally tossed eight innings and allowed just one run on three hits while striking out three to guide LMU (9-4) to a 4-1 victory over Hawai'i (5-6) in the final game of a four-game series being played at Page Stadium on Sunday. The left-hander, who improved to 1-1 with the win, surrendered the lone run in the first inning before facing one over the minimum from the second through eighth. Lally, a native of Santa Margarita, Calif., needed just 93 pitches to get through eight innings. He started the ninth inning and hit Kolten Wong before being replaced by Ryan Hawthorne. Despite loading the bases on a single and a walk, Hawthorne got out unscathed en route to converting his fifth save. The left-handed closer now sits tied for eighth in the single-season record book for saves.
LMU scored all four runs in the sixth inning, stringing together four hits in the frame. Junior Evan Simonitsch went 2-for-4 with a RBI, while fellow junior Shon Roe was 2-for-3 with a run driven in. Senior Jonathan Johnson also had a solid day at the plate, finishing 1-for-2 with a RBI, a sacrifice bunt and a stolen base.
Junior Jesse Moore was also impressive for Hawai'i, tossing six innings and allowing four runs, but facing the minimum through five. The right-hander allowed three hits through the first five innings, but induced double plays in all three occasions. Zach Gallagher went an inning and two-thirds in relief for the Rainbows, surrendering one hit and a walk before giving way to Michael Blake. Blake, who started at designated hitter on Sunday, recorded the final out for Hawai'i.
The Rainbows managed just four hits in the game, including one from each of the first four hitters in the lineup. Zack Swasey scored the lone run, while Jeffrey Van Doornum picked up the RBI.
Hawai'i struck first on Sunday, claiming an early 1-0 advantage in the top of the opening frame. A one-out walk to Swasey came back to haunt the Lions in the first, as Sean Montplaisir doubled to put runners at second and third. The Rainbows traded an out for a run on the ensuing play as Van Doornum grounded a pitch to shortstop to plate Swasey and put Hawai'i on the board.
After sending the minimum to the plate through five innings, LMU mounted an attack in the sixth, scoring four times on four hits to take a 4-1 lead. Zac Fujimoto got the ball rolling with a leadoff single into centerfield. A Joe Vierra walk and a sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third before Matt Lowenstein singled off the pitcher's glove to drive in a run and put runners at the corners. The Lions played small ball to push home the second run of the inning as Johnson put down a safety squeeze up the first base line to bring home Vierra. A Matt Koch walk put runners at first and second, setting the table for a Simonitsch RBI-double just inside the bag at third base. Roe capped the scoring run with the fourth and final hit of the inning on the ensuing play, lining a RBI-single into left field that brought home Koch. Simonitsch tried to score from second base on the play, but was cut down on a strong throw from Montplaisir in left field.
Hawai'i threatened in a big way in the ninth, loading the bases with one out. Wong was hit in the back on a 2-2 pitch to start the frame before a Swasey single and a Van Doornum walk loaded the bags with one out. Hawthorne settled in from there, inducing a pop up to third base and striking out Blake to end the game and seal the victory.
The Lions return to action on Friday when they open a four-game series at Cal Poly at 6 p.m.
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