Four Lion players finished with multiple hits as LMU (6-10) exploded for a season-high 15 runs on a season-best 14 hits en route to running away with a 15-5 Sunday victory over Valparaiso (4-11) and a sweep of a three-game series played at LMU's Page Stadium. The victory also handed LMU a sweep of a Sunday doubleheader after capturing game one, 7-4.
OFFENSIVE OUTPOURING: Senior Billy Wilson led the charge offensively for LMU, going 2-for-4 with a pair of triples, two runs scored and four RBI. Sophomore Nick Sogard went 3-for-4 with a run scored, a double and two RBI, while Niko Pacheco finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a double and two driven in. Sophomore Trevin Esquerra had the loudest Lion hit of the afternoon, belting a homer out to right-centerfield as part of a 2-for-4 day that included two runs scored and a double.
NOT TO BE OUTDONE: Though overshadowed by the Lion offense, freshman Nick Frasso turned in another gem on the mound for LMU. The right-hander dealt 5.0 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and a walk while striking out three. Frasso allowed a leadoff bunt single and a one-out walk in the first, but retired the final 14 he faced en route to picking up the win and moving to 1-2 on the year.
BOX SCORE NOTES: The Lions combined for nine extra-base hits, including five doubles, three triples and a homer ... Wilson had two triples, while Esquerra homered and doubled ... Wes Gordon got the start for Valpo and lasted just a third of an inning ... the right-hander allowed four runs on four hits to fall to 0-3 on the season ... while he officially finished 0-for-1 at the plate, sophomore Dylan Hirsch scored four runs, drew three walks and a hit-by-pitch, and picked up one RBI ... every Lion starter outside of Alex Lambeau scored a run in the win, while every starter except Hirsch had a hit ... LMU wasted no time blowing the game open, scoring eight runs on seven hits in the first inning ... the Lions would add two in the second, three in the fifth and two in the sixth to finish with 15.
LION NOTES: Wilson's two doubles are the most for a Lion in a game since he himself had two against San Diego on May 1, 2015 ... the two three-baggers were also the 12th and 13th of Wilson's career, moving him into a tie with Dan Henry (1975-76) for seventh on the LMU All-Time list ... LMU's three triples (Niko Decolati also tripled) are the most since picking up four against UC Irvine on April 15, 2014.
WHAT A WEEKEND: In the three-game sweep of Valpo, senior Jamey Smart hit .571 (8-for-14) with a run scored, a double and five RBI. He reached at a .571 clip and slugged .643. Wilson hit .455 (5-for-11) with four runs scored, two triples and six RBI, while Nick Sogard batted .455 (5-for-11) with two runs scored, two doubles and four RBI. The Lions as a team hit .371 while outscoring Valpo 32-12. LMU managed 16 extra-base hits, including 10 doubles, five triples and a homer - finishing the series with a .590 slugging percentage and a .452 on-base percentage.
ON DECK: LMU will welcome USC to Page Stadium on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. game. The Lions and Trojans met on February 27 earlier this season, with USC claiming a 3-2 victory at home. Live links to follow all the action can be found at LMULions.com.
PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS: LMU still has 17 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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