Lions Pound Portland 15-5
Jon Oller hit a grand slam in the route.
March 15, 2003
Portland, Ore. - Jonathan Oller hit a grand slam home run in the first inning as Loyola Marymount downed Portland 15-5, Saturday afternoon at Pilot Stadium. The Lions upped their record to 13-7 overall and 2-0 in the West Coast Conference, while the Pilots dropped to 3-13, 0-2 in the league. The Lions have taken six of the last eight meetings with the Pilots, dating back to last season.
Oller, the reigning WCC Player of the Week, concluded his day 2-for-4 with five RBI as LMU has now won four straight games and 13 of its last 16. The Lions also upped their road record to 5-4, as they batted around in three separate innings.
The Lions scored six runs in the opening stanza, as freshman Chris Pettit led off the game with a single. Following Pettit's line drive to centerfield, Portland starting pitcher Kevin Clausen walked the next four Lions before being replaced by Jared Adams. After recording a strikeout, Adams promptly gave up Oller's shot over the leftfield scoreboard. It was Oller's third homerun of the season and second of the series after hitting a solo homerun, Friday.
LMU added four more runs in the third inning as Adams struggled finding the strike zone. After a Sean Smith walk and a Carl Stoeber single, James Cooper reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases with Lions. Adams then hit LMU's Billy Lockin with a pitch and walked Pettit to force in a pair of runs. A Jonathan Higashi single drove in two more runs to give the Lions a 10-0 advantage.
The Pilots were able to score a run in the bottom of the third inning, two more in the each of the fourth and fifth innings. They were the first runs scored off Lion pitcher Kyle Huddy in his three starts this season. He had thrown 16.2 consecutive scoreless innings as a starter. Huddy moved to 3-0 as a starter, 3-2 overall, while Clausen dropped to 0-1 on the year. Clausen failed to record an out, allowing five runs, while walking four.
Portland pitchers walked a total of 10 batters and hit three more. Smith was the greatest LMU benefactor of the Pilots' erratic pitching, tying a school record with four walks, while also being hit with a pitch.
The Lions will conclude their series with Portland tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. LMU will be looking for their second series sweep of the season.