Keavy’s Tenth-Inning RBI-Single Completes Comeback Victory
Nathan Keavy singled in the top of the 10th inning for a game-winning hit over Cal Poly.
Trailing 5-1 headed into the eighth inning, LMU (8-7) rallied for one in the eighth, three in the ninth and one in the 10th to record a come-from-behind 6-5 victory over Cal Poly (3-11) on Saturday night from Baggett Stadium in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Nathan Keavy contributed the game-winner in the 10th inning, as he came to the plate and lined the first pitch he saw into centerfield to chase home Kyle Dozier from second base. Dozier had singled and moved to second on a throw to the plate to cut-down Niko Decolati who tried to score the game-winner one play earlier.
Keavy, who did not start the game, entered as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the ninth inning after LMU scored three unearned runs in the top of the frame to force a home half and eventually LMU’s first extra-inning affair of the season.
Four Lions finished the game with multiple hits, including Steven Chavez who went 3-for-4 with a run scored.
Prior to Keavy’s RBI-single in the 10th, Jamey Smart had the biggest hit of the game, lacing a two-out two-RBI single into centerfield to tie the game in the ninth inning. LMU took advantage of one of three Mustang errors in the contest to start the ninth, as Dozier reached on an errant throw from third baseman Michael Sanderson. After a strikeout and single from Phil Caulfield put two men aboard, Nick Sogard shot an RBI-double inside the bag at third to plate the first run of the inning. Billy Wilson followed with a strikeout, which would have been the third out of the inning without the error, but instead, Smart came to the plate and contributed the clutch swing.
Sogard finished the game 2-for-5 with a run scored, one RBI, a double and a triple.
Slater Lee, who allowed four runs (one earned) on six hits over 2.0 innings of work, was charged with the loss and fell to 1-1. Braydon Salzman threw the final 3.0 scoreless innings for LMU, surrendering just two hits with two strikeouts to pick up the win and move to 1-1.
LMU starter Brenton Arriaga turned in a quality start in a no-decision, tossing 6.1 innings and allowing three runs on six hits with five strikeouts.
LMU will look for a series sweep on Sunday at 1 p.m. when right-hander Cory Abbott toes the rubber against righty Bobby Ay.
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