March 7, 2010
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -
A day after suffering its first shutout of the season, LMU (3-8) shut out Oklahoma State (4-2) on two hits by a count of 3-0 at the 2010 Dairy Queen Classic held in Minneapolis, Minn. Left-hander John Lally pitched the first seven innings to earn the victory, while sophomore Alex Gillingham tossed the final two frames to secure the shutout. With the win, LMU finished the tournament with a 2-1 record.
Lally used just 89 pitches over the first seven scoreless innings to improve to 1-0 on the season. He faced 25 total batters, four over the minimum, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out a career-high tying five batters. Gillingham tossed the final two scoreless frames, allowing two walks and striking out one hitter. The shutout was the first for LMU since shutting out Santa Clara 2-0 on the road on March 27, 2009. The combined two-hitter was the first for LMU since Daniel Macias allowed just two hits in a 5-0 victory over Gonzaga on April 30, 2006.
Jonathan Johnson led the offense with a 3-for-4 day at the plate, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. Johnson finished with a run scored and a triple, his second of the tournament and third of the season. He has now collected 10 career triples, placing tied for seventh in the all-time record book. Johnson is now 19-for-42 (.452) with 10 runs scored, four doubles, three triples, a home run, two walks, three stolen bases and five RBI over the 10-game hitting streak.
LMU benefited from a pair of two-out RBI singles in the victory, including one apiece from freshmen Joel Licon and Matt Lowenstein. Fellow freshman Colton Plaia hit his first career home run in the sixth inning, belting a solo-shot into the stands in left centerfield.
Davis Duren collected the only two hits of the game for Oklahoma State, singling twice. Thomas Keeling was effective as the Cowboy starter, lasting six and a third innings and surrendering two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out 11 batters before taking his second loss of the season. Mike Strong dealt an inning and a third of scoreless relief before giving way to Matt Peck who allowed a run on two hits over an inning and a third of his own.
LMU got on the board first in the fourth inning as a two-out single by Shon Roe got the ball rolling. Roe swiped second base on the ensuing play, setting up Licon's two-out RBI single. In all, LMU stole six bases on Sunday, the most since swiping seven against San Francisco on May 9, 2003. Plaia connected on the first pitch of his at bat in the sixth inning to extend the lead to 2-0 before a Johnson single, a sacrifice bunt and a stolen base led to Lowenstein's two-out RBI single in the ninth to cap the scoring.
LMU returns to action on Friday when it hosts Cal State Northridge at 2 p.m.