Lions Win Conference Opener
Vincent Cordova pitched the Lions' second complete-game shutout of the season
March 14, 2003
Portland, Ore. - Loyola Marymount's Vincent Cordova pitched the Lions' second complete-game shutout of the season, as LMU downed the University of Portland 6-0, Friday afternoon at Pilot Stadium. The Lions moved to 12-7 on the season, 1-0 in the West Coast Conference, while the Pilots drop to 3-12, 0-1 in the league. LMU has now won 12 of its last 15 games and three consecutive.
It was Cordova's first complete-game shutout of his career, after Kyle Huddy blanked UCLA, 9-0 on March 4 earlier this season. Cordova moved to 3-0, allowing just five hits during his masterpiece, while striking out nine.
The Lions jumped ahead in the fourth inning as catcher Jonathan Higashi and Jonathan Oller led of the frame with singles to centerfield. Following a Sean Smith sacrifice bunt, a Carl Stoeber sacrifice fly ball plated Higashi putting the Lions ahead 1-0.
The Lions threatened again in the fourth inning, loading the bases, but Pilot starting pitcher Andrew Renyer induced LMU's Kyle Mura into a groundout. Renyer (2-3) was charged with the loss despite allowing just two runs on eight hits in seven innings pitched.
Cordova did not give up a hit until there was one out in the seventh inning, when Portland's Trevor Hahn singled to rightfield. But Higashi threw Hahn out attempting to steal a base and Cordova struckout Justin Pierce to end the inning. Through 6.1 innings, Cordova had only allowed just two baserunners, on a Lion fielding error and a walk.
Oller capped his day with his second homerun of the season in the eighth inning to center field. The sophomore went 2-for-3 with a run and a RBI to raise his season batting average to .364.
The Lions added four runs in the ninth inning. After Portland relief pitcher Trent Kristjanson hit Mura to start the frame, five of the next six Lions reached base, highlighted by a Chris Pettit double. Smith led the Lions going 3-for-4.
LMU will return to action tomorrow afternoon when the Lions resume their series with Portland. The game is set to begin at 1 p.m.