March 9, 2013
STILLWATER, Okla. -
Senior Zac Fujimoto went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk, while sophomore left-hander Sean Buckle came in with the bases loaded and nobody out in the eighth inning and the score at 4-2, escaping unscathed, as LMU held on for a 5-2 victory over No. 26 Oklahoma State on Saturday to even a three-game series being played over the weekend.
Junior Tommy Cheek also had three hits, going 3-for-4 while serving as LMU's designated hitter. Patrick McGrath got a late-decision spot start on Saturday, asked to begin the game on the hill with rain in the forecast, going two scoreless frames and striking out two. Saturday's scheduled starter, Trevor Megill, entered after a lengthy rain delay, tossing the next five innings and allowing just two runs on three hits while striking out five to earn the victory and improve to 2-1. The lone runs came on back-to-back home runs from Tanner Krietemeier and Zach Fish in the seventh inning.
After Megill walked the eight and nine hitters to start the eighth, Aaron Cornell notched a bunt single to load the bases with nobody out. Buckle entered from the right field bullpen and promptly struck out pinch hitter Trey Whaley for the first out. Still in danger, the lefty induced an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Krietemeier to escape the jam and maintain the two-run lead. Buckle would go on to record the first two outs of the ninth before handing the ball over to Carlos Fuentes
who earned his first save of the year.
Kenton Bevacqua got the start for Oklahoma State, taking the loss and falling to 1-1 after allowing four runs on five hits over two innings of work. Tanner Donnels drove in the first Lion run in the first, dribbling a two-out RBI-single down the third base line to bring home Matt Lowenstein. Lowenstein had singled to start the game before stealing second and moving to third on a wild pitch.
David Edwards highlighted the three-run second inning for LMU, posting a two-RBI double off the glove of Robbie Rea at third base to bring home Fujimoto and Brice Savage. After a wild pitch moved Edwards to third later in the inning, Lowenstein grounded a ball to first base to bring home the run and cap the scoring run.
The Lions added an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning, benefitting from a pair of Cowboy errors. Fujimoto got the inning started with a single before stealing second and moving to third on the errant throw from catcher Victor Romero. LMU stole four bases in the victory, including a pair from Fujimoto. The second error in the inning proved costly as Lowenstein hit a ground ball to shortstop and the throw was muffed by Krietemeier at first base, allowing the run to come in to score.
LMU will look to earn the series victory tomorrow in the rubber game of the three-game series at 10 a.m.