Wilson, Lions Walk-Off on USC in Ten

March 14, 2017

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On a night that featured a heavy marine layer that made it tough to drive a ball out of Page Stadium, junior Billy Wilson crushed a walk-off solo home run right down the line in right field in the bottom of the 10th to hand LMU (9-8) a 4-3 victory over USC (10-6) on Tuesday night.

For Wilson, the homer was his second of the year, and capped a 2-for-5 night at the plate that included two RBI. The walk-off homer was also the first for LMU since Chris Pettit left Saint Mary's on the field in a 16-14 victory on May 8, 2005.

Wilson hit the homer off of left-hander Austin Manning, dropping the southpaw to 1-1 on the year. Wilson had previously given LMU a 2-1 lead with an RBI-single in the fifth inning.

The Lions trailed 3-2 headed into the bottom of the eighth, but a Niko Decolati two-out RBI-single brought LMU back to even at 3-3, allowing for Wilson's heroics in extras.

Decolati finished the game 2-for-4 with the RBI.

While Wilson proved to be the hero on Tuesday night, sophomore right-hander Codie Paiva earned every bit of the victory, striking out the side and stranding a runner at third base in the ninth inning after a dropped fly ball in left field allowed the leadoff hitter, Adalberto Carrillo, to sprint all the way to third.

Paiva, who finished the game having thrown 2.0 scoreless innings with three strikeouts, improved to 3-0 with the victory.

LMU, which is now 2-0 in extra-inning affairs this year, will look to keep the momentum going on Friday when it travels to San Francisco to open West Coast Conference play with a three-game set beginning at 3 p.m.




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