Lions Win Sixth Straight, Top Northern Kentucky 8-3
LMU has won six straight games after an 8-3 victory over Northern Kentucky on Saturday.
March 8, 2014
The LMU baseball program (8-7) won its sixth straight game on Saturday, defeating Northern Kentucky (3-10) by a score of 8-3 at LMU's Page Stadium. LMU had four players with multiple hits, including David Edwards who went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, an RBI and a pair of doubles.
Junior Jimmy Jack made the most of his only at bat on Saturday night, belting a pinch-hit mammoth home run to right field in the seventh. The home run was Jack's second of the year, and the first pinch-hit homer for the Lions since Nick Devian belted one in the pinch on May 8, 2011 against Cal State Bakersfield. Freshmen David Fletcher and Austin Miller both posted 2-for-4 days, with Fletcher scoring a pair of runs.
Junior Sean Buckle got the start and took a no-decision after tossing 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four. Freshman Tim Peabody recorded the victory for the Lions, pitching 1.2 scoreless innings and allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out two to improve to 2-0. Junior Brandon Horth retired all six hitters he faced, including striking out three, to close the game for the Lions.
Northern Kentucky took the early 2-0 lead in the first inning, loading the bases with one out and receiving a two-RBI single from Zac Asman. The lead held until the fifth inning when LMU came alive for three runs on three hits. Fletcher got the inning going with a single before stealing second and moving to third on a groundout from Miller. Tommy Cheek followed with the first of his two sacrifice flies to plate the first run before Tanner Donnels walked and came in to score on an Edwards double. Edwards followed with the third and final run of the inning on the ensuing play when Kevin Garcia shot an RBI-single back up the middle.
Northern Kentucky drew back to even with a run in the top of the sixth as a hit-by-pitch, a single from Cole Bauml and a walk loaded the bases with one out. The Norse elected to squeeze bunt on the very next play as David Head put a bunt down the first base line to bring home the tying run.
LMU wasted no time regaining the lead, pushing three runs across in the sixth, one in the seventh, and one more in the eighth to reach the eventual final of 8-3. Cheek's second sacrifice fly and an RBI-single from Donnels highlighted the three-run sixth before Jack belted his second homer of the year in the seventh. LMU added its final run with two out in the eighth when freshman Kyle Dozier connected on a 2-2 pitch and delivered it right back up the middle on a line and into centerfield, chasing home Edwards for his first career hit and RBI.
The Lions will look for the sweep of the Norse on Sunday at 1 pm.