Lions Ride Two Big Innings to 10-8 Victory over Portland
LMU scored four times in the first and six more in the seventh to record a 10-8 comeback victory over Portland.
March 15, 2014
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Freshman Ted Boeke delivered a two-RBI single in LMU's six-run seventh inning as LMU (11-8, 2-0 WCC) recorded a comeback 10-8 victory over Portland (5-13, 0-2 WCC) on Saturday at LMU's Page Stadium. With the victory, LMU took the first two games of the three-game WCC series. The Lions rode two big innings to the win, scoring four times in the first before posting the six runs to erase what was an 8-4 deficit headed into the seventh. LMU has now won nine of its last 10 games, including eight straight at home.
Boeke, a native of La Crescenta, Calif., finished the game 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI. Freshman Austin Miller once again collected a multiple-hit game, going 3-for-4 with a run scored, a triple, and a RBI. With the three-hit day, Miller has now recorded multiple hits in six of his last seven games, and has hit safely in eight straight. Senior Tommy Cheek also posted three hits, finishing 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a RBI.
Senior Carlos Fuentes got the victory for LMU on Saturday, taking the ball in relief and tossing two scoreless innings. The right-hander improved to 2-1 with the decision. Senior Bret Dahlson inherited the two-run lead in the ninth, closing the door on the Pilots with a scoreless inning of work. Portland did manage to put the tying run in scoring position, but Dahlson induced a liner to left field to end the game and record his second save of the year. The save was Dahlson's 20th of his career, moving him within two of the LMU record.
Davis Tominaga took the loss for Portland after being charged with a pair of runs in the six-run seventh, dropping the right-hander to 0-1 on the year. Kurt Yinger got the start for the Pilots and took a no-decision after allowing four runs over six innings and leaving with the lead.
Miller wasted no time getting his solid day off to a start, tripling to start the bottom of the first before coming around to score on a Cheek single into right field. Tanner Donnels and David Edwards followed with RBI-doubles, as LMU pushed the lead to 3-0. Edwards finished the night 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, as he came around in the first on a triple from Jimmy Jack. LMU posted five hits in the opening frame, including four extra-base hits.
Portland did its scoring in the third and fourth innings, plating three in the third and five more in the fourth. The Pilots pieced together the three runs on five hits in the third, highlighted by a Turner Gill RBI-double and run-scoring singles from Cody Lenahan and Ryan Littlefield.
Littlefield, Portland's designated hitter, had a huge day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a run scored and four RBI. Three of his four RBI came in the five-run fourth, as he belted his second homer of the year, a three-run shot, with two out. The two prior runs in the inning came on a RBI-double from Bo Cornish and a sacrifice fly from Caleb Whalen.
Trailing 8-4 headed to the seventh, LMU exploded for six runs in the inning to earn the comeback victory. The Lions scored the six runs on six hits and two errors. Edwards had an RBI-single that brought home Cheek to get the scoring going before Jack came up with his second RBI with a sharp single to right to plate Donnels. With the bags full and just one out, Boeke shot a single into left centerfield that eventually plated three runs with the benefit on two errors. Brice Savage, who ran for Jack, and Edwards scored on the hit, while Cole Trezek came home when the relay throw to second to get Boeke trying to move up was tossed into right field. There, right fielder Ryan Barr had trouble picking the ball up, allowing Boeke to scamper in to third, setting the table for an RBI-single form Miller to cap the scoring run and hand LMU the 10-8 lead.
LMU will look for the sweep of the Pilots on Sunday at 1 pm.