Miller Swipes Four Bags, Welmon Records Victory in 4-2 Win
Austin Miller had four stolen bases in a 4-2 victory over Northern Kentucky.
March 7, 2014
Freshman Austin Miller stole four bases on Friday as part of a 2-for-4 day as LMU (7-7) earned a 4-2 victory over Northern Kentucky University (3-9) at LMU's Page Stadium. The four stolen bases were the most for the Lions since at least 1998, falling just one short of the LMU record set by Dave Long against UCSB on February 8, 1975.
Junior Colin Welmon was solid once again as the LMU starter, tossing 7.2 innings and allowing just two runs on seven hits with three strikeouts to improve to 2-1 with the victory. The native of Tustin, Calif. allowed one run in the fourth and one more in the eighth. The right-hander also ran into some trouble in the sixth, loading the bases with one out, but he induced a ground ball back to the mound and then escaped the jam unscathed on a beautiful defensive play from second baseman David Edwards. Edwards slid into shallow right field, corralled the ball and fired a strike to first to end the threat.
With the game-tying run at second and two down in the top of the eighth, LMU elected to remove Welmon in favor of senior Bret Dahlson. The right-hander got the next hitter to end the frame before tossing a 1-2-3 ninth to record his first save of the year. The save was Dahlson's 19th of his career, moving within three of matching the LMU program record set by Darryl Scott.
Senior Tommy Cheek joined Miller in the offensive attack, finishing 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored and two RBI. The native of Escondido, Calif. drove in the game's first run in the first inning, lining a sacrifice fly to right field to bring home David Fletcher. Fletcher led off the bottom of the first with a single before stealing second and moving to third on a single from Miller.
After Northern Kentucky managed to put a run on the board in the fourth by way of a Logan Spurlin double and a sacrifice fly from Jordan Procyshen, LMU got two more runs in the sixth to push the lead to 3-1. Miller's speed set the table for the first run, as he beat out a grounder to first base, stole second and third, and came in to score on a single up the middle from Cheek. An error and a walk followed to load the bases before Tyler Cohen lifted a fly ball to right field to push home the second run on a sacrifice fly.
The Norse cut the deficit back to one with a run in the eighth as Cody Kuznizci doubled down the left field line and came around to score on a single from Spurlin. Fortunately, the Lions punched right back in the bottom of the inning when Cheek led things off with his second career triple. With the infield drawn in on the grass, Tanner Donnels punched a single back up the middle and through for the RBI.
Left-hander Cody Cooper got the start for the Norse, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks while striking out four. Cooper fell to 0-3 on the year with the decision.
LMU and NKU will continue the three-game series tomorrow at 6 pm.