Senior Jamey Smart went 4-for-5 with three RBI and junior Codie Paiva tossed 6.0 strong innings as LMU (4-10) opened a three-game non-conference series with a 10-3 victory over Valparaiso (4-9) on Friday night from Page Stadium.
OFFENSIVE LION OF THE GAME: Smart matched a career-high in hits with four, equaling his output from April 21, 2017 at Pepperdine. The native of San Ramon, Calif. picked up his first RBI of the night in the first inning, capping a three-run first for LMU with a single. He would add a single in the fifth, an RBI-single in the seventh, and one more RBI-single in the eighth.
ANOTHER STRONG START FOR PAIVA: Paiva, making his second start in as many weeks, turned in another gem on Friday night, dealing 6.0 innings and allowing just one run on five hits and one walk while striking out five. The Pearl City, Hawai'i native improved to 2-2 with the victory, but he is now 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA (1 ER in 15 IP) and nine strikeouts as a starter this year.
THREE RUN INNINGS: LMU posted three different innings in which it scored three runs, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first, adding three more in the fourth to make it 6-0, and plating three more in the bottom of the seventh to run the tally to 9-2 to that point. The Lions scored a single run in the eighth to eventually win the game 10-3.
BOX SCORE NOTES: While Paiva and Smart highlighted the game, LMU's offense impressed across the board, matching the season high for runs (10) and falling just one short of the season high in hits with 12 … Dylan Hirsch and Alex Lambeau both contributed their first hits of the year in the seventh inning, with Hirsch singling home a run in front of a Lambeau RBI-double off Mikos Blue Monster in left field … the double for Lambeau was his first career hit … sophomore Cooper Uhl drove in a pair of runs, while Billy Wilson and Niko Decolati each had two hits and two runs scored, including a triple from Decolati … three different Valpo hitters finished with two hits, including Scott Kapers who went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a double, and his second homer of the year - the only blemish on Paiva's line … Jon Tieman was charged with the loss after allowing eight runs (four earned) on nine hits and three walks while striking out six … the right-hander fell to 1-2 with the loss.
LION NOTES: Wilson was hit twice on Friday night, running his career total to 42 and handing him sole possession of fourth on the LMU All-Time list in the category … he sits one behind Kris Zacuto (43; 1999-02) after passing Jonathan Johnson (41; 2008-11) … LMU's strong offensive outpouring helped raise the team average 10 points from .205 to .215. ON DECK: LMU will continue the three-game series with Valpo on Saturday at 6 p.m. Live links to follow all the action can be found at LMULions.com.
PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS: LMU still has 19 home games remaining to be played at Page Stadium. New ticket plans start at $50 for a General Admission season ticket, while Reserved season tickets can be purchased for $99. Members of LMU's Little Lions Club also get into all LMU home baseball games as part of the membership, while students, faculty and staff with a valid One Card also receive free General Admission access to every home game. Reserved season tickets behind home plate include a nameplate on your chair identifying your seat(s). Fans can also package a mini plan to include any five home games this year, with prices starting at $30. To purchase season tickets, mini plans or single-game tickets, please contact the LMU Box Office at 310-338-5466 or visit LMULions.com/tickets.
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