March 10, 2013
STILLWATER, Okla. -
The LMU baseball program (6-10) suffered its second walk-off loss of the weekend on Sunday, falling at the hands of #26 Oklahoma State (12-3) on a two-out single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning from Zach Fish. LMU never trailed in the game before surrendering the game-winner, dropping the series with the Cowboys by a count of 2-1.
Junior Bret Dahlson suffered his second loss of the series, allowing the one run on four hits and a walk in an inning's worth of work. With the decision, Dahlson fell to 0-3. Brendan McCurry earned the victory after throwing a scoreless top of the ninth inning, improving to 3-0 on the year.
Senior Aaron Griffin got the start for the Lions and took a no decision, tossing 7.1 innings and allowing three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out a career-high tying eight batters. The right-hander gave way to Brandon Horth in the eighth, with the lefty striking out the only hitter he faced.
Including the walk-off hit, Fish finished the game 2-for-5 out of the fourth spot in the order. Randy McCurry and Gage Green also had two hits for the Cowboys. Colton Plaia paced the LMU offense with a 3-for-5 with a double. Sophomore David Edwards and junior Brice Savage each had two hits, with Edwards driving in a pair of runs with a triple in the fourth.
While no errors were registered in the errors column during the fifth inning, a pair of misjudgments came back to haunt the Lions as OSU scored a pair to knot the tally at 2-2. A leadoff double from McCurry got the inning going before Tanner Donnels misplayed a ball in right field and had it sail over his head for a RBI-double off the bat of Robbie Rea. After Rea moved to third on a wild pitch, Joey Boney took a circuitous route to a foul pop up at third base, eventually letting the ball drop in foul territory to give a second life to Green. Green took advantage of the chance, skipping a RBI-single through the hole on the right side of the infield to bring home the tying run.
After Joey Boney
was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second base on a single from Edwards to end the sixth inning, Tommy Cheek
got the lead back for LMU at 3-2 in the seventh, delivering a sacrifice fly to left field to bring home Cullen Mahoney
with the bases loaded and one out. Mahoney, who finished 1-for-4 with a double and the run scored, had reached with a walk earlier in the inning.
With the Lions clinging to a 3-2 lead, Dahlson entered with runners at first and second and two out in the eighth, but allowed a base hit to McCurry to tie the game. A pair of singles and a two-out intentional walk in the ninth loaded the bases and brought Fish to the plate with the game on the line. The right-handed hitting outfielder worked the count even at 2-2 before dribbling the game-winner through the left side to send Oklahoma State into celebration once again.
LMU returns to action on Tuesday at Page Stadium when it hosts Long Beach State at 3 p.m.