Playing at #11 UCLA on Tuesday night from Jackie Robinson Stadium, LMU (3-10) suffered a 12-1 setback at the hands of the Bruins (10-2). LMU managed just four hits, with two of the four coming in pinch-hit chances in the ninth.
THE DECISIONS: Ryan Garcia got the start and turned in a great outing for UCLA, tossing 6.0 innings and allowing just one run on two hits and a walk while striking out nine to improve to 2-0 on the season. The nine strikeouts and 6.0 innings of work were both career highs for Garcia, who made his third start of the year. Freshman Holden Christian started and took the loss for LMU, surrendering five runs (three earned) on four hits over 2.2 innings. The loss dropped Christian to 0-1 on the year.
OFFENSIVE LIONS OF THE GAME: Freshman Jake Malloy and junior Rob Diaz both made their collegiate debuts on Tuesday, and both recorded a hit in their first career at bats. Diaz, pinch hitting with two out in the ninth, singled in front of a Malloy double down the right field line.
SOGARD EXTENDS HIT STREAK: Sophomore Nick Sogard was one of two Lions to record a hit off of Garcia, punching an RBI-single into centerfield to chase home Billy Wilson with two out in the third and extend his hit streak to seven games. Wilson had reached one player earlier, doubling down the right field line.
BOX SCORE NOTES: After allowing the two-out RBI-single to Sogard, Garcia retired the next 10 straight to finish his outing … LMU struck out a season-high 13 times in the loss … LMU's four hits are tied for the fewest in a game this season … LMU used six pitchers on Tuesday, with all six being freshmen … Jeremy Ydens and Jake Hirabayashi each posted three hits for UCLA, with Hirabayashi going 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored … Jack Stronach went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI, including a two-RBI double in the third inning … UCLA scored three in the second, three in the third, two in the seventh and four in the eighth to run away with the game.
LION NOTES: Four different Lions got their first career at bat on Tuesday, as Alex Lambeau, Harry Hibberd, Diaz and Malloy all pinch hit in the ninth … with 8.0 innings turned in by freshmen arms on Tuesday, freshmen have accounted for 69.2 of LMU's 113.1 innings this year (61 percent).
ON DECK: LMU will return home to host Valparaiso in a three-game series starting on Friday at 6 p.m. 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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