Welmon Masterful Again, Lions Win WCC Opener at Pepperdine 3-0
Sophomore Colin Welmon tossed 7.1 scoreless innings en route to collecting the victory.
March 15, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. -
Sophomore Colin Welmon was masterful once again on Friday at Pepperdine, this time tossing 7.1 scoreless innings while allowing five hits and striking out six to help LMU (8-10, 1-0 WCC) to a 3-0 victory over the Waves (8-9, 0-1 WCC) to start West Coast Conference play. With the 7.1 shutout frames, Welmon, who was named WCC Pitcher of the Month for February on Friday, has now tossed 34.2 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. The shutout was the third of the year for the Lions.
LMU's offense managed three runs of support for Welmon, who improved to 3-1 with the win. Senior Cullen Mahoney went 3-for-5 with a RBI in the victory, while Matt Lowenstein finished 1-for-4 with a RBI-single.
Sam Meyer and Chris Amezquita combined for four of Pepperdine's five hits, while right-hander Scott Frazier was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out six in eight innings of work. The loss dropped Frazier to 1-3 on the year.
LMU's bullpen was impressive behind Welmon on Friday, pitching the final 1.2 perfect innings of relief. Sean Buckle and Carlos Fuentes retired the only hitters they faced in the game before Bret Dahlson entered in the ninth and put the Waves down in order, including posting one strikeout, to record his third save of the year.
After having a runner thrown out at the plate in the first inning on a two-out double off the bat of Tanner Donnels, LMU cashed in on its next opportunities, driving in a pair of runs in the third to take a 2-0 lead. Frazier issued a pair of walks to start the frame before a wild pitch set the table for a RBI-single off the bat of Lowenstein. The Lion leadoff man shot a pitch off the midsection of Frazier on the hill as the ball trickled out toward second base to plate the run. Frazier did well to limit the damage from there, trading the second Lion run for a pair of outs after inducing a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Cullen Mahoney.
The Lions extended the lead to 3-0 in the top of the fifth, receiving a RBI-single from Mahoney. David Edwards single-handedly set the table for the run in the inning, collecting a single up the middle to start the frame before stealing second and third base. The two-steal game was the second of the year for Edwards (March 3 vs. Bradley).
Welmon worked out of the only jam he faced in the fifth inning, staring down runners at second and third with one out before eventually escaping unscathed. The right-hander hit the leadoff hitter before an error charged to Edwards one out later allowed the runners to reach second and third. Welmon got stingy from there, inducing a soft liner to left field before punching out Chris Fornaci looking on three pitches to get out of the jam and strand the runners.
LMU continues the three-game series with Pepperdine on Saturday at 1 p.m. Trevor Megill will take the hill for the Lions looking to earn a series victory.