Welmon Tosses Eight Strong, Lions Win WCC Opener, 5-2
LMU defeated Portland, 5-2, to open WCC play on Friday night.
March 14, 2014
Junior Colin Welmon tossed eight strong innings, allowing just one run on six hits and no walks while striking out six, as LMU (10-8, 1-0 WCC) defeated visiting Portland (5-12, 0-1 WCC) by a count of 5-2 to open West Coast Conference play on Friday at LMU's Page Stadium. LMU has now won eight of its last nine games, including seven straight at home.
Welmon, who improved to 3-1 with the victory, extended his consecutive quality start streak to six with the effort. Senior Bret Dahlson finished the game on the hill for LMU, allowing an unearned run on one hit and an error in the ninth to secure the Lion victory.
LMU did the bulk of its offensive work in the second, scoring four times on four hits. Kevin Garcia drove in the first run of the inning with an RBI-double to bring home David Edwards. Edwards had reached on a hit-by-pitch earlier in the frame. A walk and a single from Ted Boeke loaded the bases before Austin Miller, who finished 2-for-3 with a pair of stolen bases, chopped a ball over the mound for an infield single to bring home the second run. David Fletcher followed with the first of his two sacrifice flies on the ensuing play to make it 3-0, before Tommy Cheek capped the scoring run with a sharp single through the left side. Cheek, Garcia and Boeke each finished Friday's game with a pair of hits, with Boeke also scoring twice.
The Lions extended the lead to 5-0 in the fourth when Boeke doubled and came in to score on Fletcher's second sacrifice fly. Portland managed to scrape a run across in the fifth and the ninth to make it a three-run game, but LMU held on for the victory.
Bo Cornish drove in the one run with a double in the fifth before Portland took advantage of a Lion error in the ninth to cut the deficit to three. A leadoff single was followed by an error charged to Cheek at first base, allowing runners to move to the corners. Dahlson induced the double play, LMU's third turned on Friday, on the ensuing play, trading the run for two out. He closed the game by getting Chet Thompson to line out to left field on a 3-2 pitch one hitter later.
Freshman Austin Kelly got the start for Portland and took the loss, allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks over 7.0 innings of work. JR Bunda finished the game on the hill for Portland, tossing a scoreless eighth.
LMU and Portland will continue the three-game WCC series tomorrow at 6 pm.