Tommy Cheek Goes 4-for-5 with Homer, Lions Sweep NKU with 13-10 Win
Senior Tommy Cheek connected for his first career home run on Sunday.
March 9, 2014
Senior Tommy Cheek went 4-for-5 with his first career home run, two runs scored and two RBI as LMU swept Northern Kentucky in a three-game series by way of a 13-10 win on Sunday at LMU's Page Stadium. The Lions collected 17 hits over the course of the game, extending its current winning streak to seven games - the longest since winning eight straight from March 20-29, 2009.
The Lions did the bulk of their scoring in the fourth inning, plating eight runs on seven hits. LMU as a team hit for the cycle in the frame, as Cheek belted a two-run home run to bring home Tanner Donnels who had tripled one batter earlier. Tyler Cohen also contributed a two-RBI triple to score Jimmy Jack and David Edwards. Austin Miller posted the Lion double in the inning, shooting an RBI-double into right centerfield, before freshman David Fletcher delivered a two-RBI single through the left side to cap the scoring run.
After Fletcher doubled home another run in the sixth to push the Lion lead to 10-5, NKU responded for a run in the seventh on a Cody Kuzniczci home run. The Norse belted three home runs on Sunday, including a pair from Jordan Procyshen. Already leading 1-0 after two innings, Procyshen extended the Norse lead to 2-0 with a solo shot in the third. He added his second home run of the game in the three-run fifth inning, finishing the game 3-for-5 with two runs scored and four RBI.
The Lions added what proved to be three big insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh when Kevin Kennedy punched a pinch-hit RBI-single into centerfield to bring home Cheek. Kennedy finished the game 2-for-2 after adding another single in the eighth. Cohen drove in the second run of the seventh with a productive groundout before a costly error charged to second baseman Quint Heady allowed the third run to come home.
Holding what looked to be a commanding 13-6 lead headed to the eighth, LMU surrendered four runs in the inning, as NKU made it just a three-run game at 13-10. A pair of walks preceded an RBI-single from Caleb Kellogg for the first run, followed a few hitters later by a two-RBI double off the bat of David Head. Fortunately for the Lions, senior Bret Dahlson entered and shut the door on the rally, recording a pair of strikeouts to escape the jam. Cohen moved from third base to the mound in the ninth, allowing one runner to reach but eventually nailing down his third save of the year with a scoreless inning of work.
Senior Patrick McGrath got the victory, his second of the week, after tossing 5.0 innings and allowing five runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out four. The right-hander went 2-0 on the week after defeating then-No. 13 UCLA on Tuesday.
With the stellar Sunday performance, Cheek finished the week batting .600 (12-for-20) with six runs scored, a double, a triple, a home run and eight RBI. He slugged .900 and reached at a .542 clip while registering three sacrifice flies. The native of Escondido went 5-for-6 with two runs scored and a double against CSUN on March 5 before registering a 2-for-3 day with two runs scored, a triple and two RBI to start the series against Northern Kentucky. Over the three games against NKU, Cheek hit .667 with four runs scored, a triple, a home run and six RBI to the tune of a 1.222 slugging percentage.
LMU will return to action on Tuesday when it travels to USC for a game at 6 PM.