Seven-Run Fourth Spells Doom for Lions, Waves Even Series
LMU allowed seven runs in the fourth inning en route to falling 11-1.
March 16, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. -
A seven-run fourth inning spelled doom for LMU on Saturday at Pepperdine as the Lions (8-11, 1-1 WCC) fell by a count of 11-1 to the Waves (9-9, 1-1 WCC) in game two of a three-game WCC series being played at Pepperdine's Eddy D. Field Stadium over the weekend.
Junior Corey Miller tossed a complete game for Pepperdine, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out seven to improve to 3-2. Miller needed 110 pitches to retire the Lions.
Sophomore Trevor Megill looked great through three innings, but ran into a ton of trouble in the fourth. The right-hander lasted 3.1 innings, allowing seven runs (five earned) on six hits and a walk while striking out three. With the loss, Megill fell to 2-2 on the year.
LMU got on the board first in the game, scoring once in the third inning when Cullen Mahoney singled with two out and moved to second base on a wild pitch. Colton Plaia delivered the two-out RBI on the ensuing play, shooting a single into left field to bring home Mahoney and the game's first run. Unfortunately for the Lions, the run was the only one they would score the rest of the way. Plaia finished the game 2-for-3 with the RBI and has now hit safely in four straight games.
Pepperdine batted around in the seven-run fourth, getting a leadoff home run from Sam Meyer on the first pitch of the inning. Meyer finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Cody Nulph and Chris Amezquita also highlighted the frame, with each recording two-RBI doubles to chase Megill and eventually hand Pepperdine a 7-1 lead after four.
The Waves added single runs in the sixth and seventh innings, including a RBI-single from Bryan Langlois in the sixth inning. After loading the bases with nobody out, Pepperdine plated two more runs in the eighth, benefitting from a RBI-groundout from Connor Garelick and a sacrifice fly from James Grandpre.
LMU and Pepperdine will play a decisive game three tomorrow at 1 p.m.