Lions Drop 6-4 Decision at UC Riverside
A pinch-hit two-RBI single from Kevin Davidson broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh.
March 5, 2013
RIVERSIDE, Calif. -
With the game tied at 4-4 with two out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, UC Riverside (7-5) sent pinch hitter Kevin Davidson to the plate and he promptly sent a pitch into centerfield to bring home a pair of runners and eventually hand LMU (5-8) a 6-4 loss on Tuesday night at UC Riverside's Riverside Sports Complex.
Kyle Boudreau and Clayton Prestridge each had two hits and a RBI for the Highlanders, with Prestridge extending his hitting streak to 12 games and scoring one run. Nine-hole hitter Joe Chavez went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored, while Phil Hollinsworth also scored a pair while drawing a pair of walks.
Matt Lowenstein led the LMU offense once again on Tuesday, hitting 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored out of the leadoff spot. The left-handed hitter is now 6-for-10 (.600) with four runs scored, three triples and four RBI serving as LMU's leadoff hitter this year. The native of Chino Hills, Calif. extended his hitting streak to seven games, while sophomore Colin Welmon finished 2-for-3 with a run scored and a RBI. The RBI was Welmon's first of his career. Sophomore Tanner Donnels also extended a hitting streak to seven games in the loss, going 1-for-4 with a RBI double.
Freshman Michael Silva, who allowed a hit and a walk in the seventh inning, was charged with the two runs in the decisive frame and took the loss, falling to 0-1 on the year. The right-hander pitched just 0.1 inning before giving way to Brandon Horth. The lefty also lasted just a third of a frame, handing the ball over to Bret Dahlson with the bases loaded and two down in the seventh. Dahlson, a junior right-hander, tossed the final 1.1 scoreless frames, allowing just one hit and striking out one. Junior Patrick McGrath got the start for the Lions, dealing 4.2 innings and surrendering four runs on six hits, two walks and two hit-by-pitches while striking out two. Sophomore Sean Buckle was the first out of the bullpen on Tuesday, tossing 1.1 innings and allowing a hit and a pair of walks. The Lions issued seven walks and two hit-by-pitches on Tuesday.
After Mitch Patito tossed 3.0 innings of two-run baseball as UCR's starter, Donovan Gonzales entered in the fourth and went the next 2.1 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on one hit and a walk. The game's winning pitcher, Mark Garcia, was next out of the bullpen for Riverside, as the lefty dealt 2.2 scoreless innings of relief and struck out two hitters to improve to 2-1. Right-hander Trevor Frank allowed the potential game-tying run to reach in the bottom of the ninth, but eventually worked out of the jam to toss a scoreless inning to record his second save of the year.
UC Riverside got on the board first in the second when Alex Rubanowitz tripled-home Holinsworth with a shot down the right field line. Fortunately for LMU, a 4-6-3 inning-ending double play followed later in the inning, allowing McGrath to work out of a jam. The Lions turned three inning-ending double plays total on Tuesday night.
Both teams traded a pair of runs in the third as a Donnels RBI-double brought home Lowenstein to precede a Welmon one-out bloop single into centerfield later in the frame that allowed Donnels to scamper in from third. The Highlanders responded for two of their own in the bottom half of the inning to reclaim the one-run lead, benefitting from RBI-singles from Prestridge and David Andriese.
Boudreau came up with the clutch two-out RBI-single in the fourth inning for UCR, extending the lead to 4-2. With Chavez and Eddie Young aboard, Boudreau came to the plate and shot a single into centerfield where it was bobbled by Zac Fujimoto. The speedy Chavez scored easily from second base on the play, but Young tried to follow him in on the error and was cut down by a strong relay throw from David Edwards at shortstop.
The Lions scratched back to even at four runs apiece by way of two runs in the sixth. A Welmon single and a Fujimoto walk put runners at the corners before a wild pitch moved Fujimoto into scoring position. Edwards followed with a one-hopper out toward shortstop that got past Young and into centerfield, allowing both runners to come in to score.
The Lions pitching staff managed to dodge a bullet in the sixth inning, escaping a bases-loaded nobody out jam unscathed, but it could not escape the seventh inning with the same fate. With the left-hander Horth on the mound scheduled to face the left-handed hitting Drake Zurate with two out and the bases full, UCR elected to pinch hit with the right-handed hitting Davidson, setting the table for Davidson's eventual game-winner.
LMU will return to action this weekend when it travels to Oklahoma State for a three-game series starting on Friday.