March 17, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. -
The LMU baseball program (8-12, 1-2 WCC) suffered its fourth walk-off loss of the year on Sunday, including the third in the last seven games, this time allowing a pair of runs with two out in the bottom of the ninth en route to dropping a 4-3 decision to Pepperdine (10-9, 2-1 WCC) at Eddy D. Field Stadium. With the victory, Pepperdine took the series and earned one PCH Cup point.
Drew Hacker contributed the game-winning hit on Sunday, shooting a single into centerfield to bring home Ranny Lowe. Junior Bret Dahlson was on the hill again when the Waves walked off with the win, recording a pair of quick outs in the ninth before allowing a game-tying home run off the bat of Kolten Yamaguchi. For Yamaguchi, the homer was his third of the year. A walk and an error charged to David Edwards followed the homer to keep the two-out rally alive before, setting the table for the game-winner. Edwards committed three errors on the afternoon, while Dahlson fell to 0-4 with the loss.
Right-hander Eric Karch earned the victory after tossing three scoreless innings of work, improving to 4-1 on the year. LMU starter Aaron Griffin
took a no decision after pitching six solid frames for the Lions. The right-hander allowed just two runs on five hits and no walks while striking out five. Junior Carlos Fuentes
was impressive in relief, dealing two perfect innings of relief to hand the ball over to Dahlson.
As it did in every game of the series, LMU drew first blood on Sunday, scoring three times in the third inning. After a pair of one-out walks from Pepperdine starter Aaron Brown, Matt Lowenstein posted a RBI-single up the middle to put the Lions on the board. Senior Colton Plaia capped the scoring run two batters later, driving a pitch into the right-centerfield gap to bring home a pair of runs with a two-RBI double. Lowenstein finished the game 3-for-4 with a triple and the RBI. The triple was Lowenstein's fourth of the year.
LMU did its best to make the three runs stand up, but Pepperdine was relentless in its pursuit of the victory. The Waves scored once in the bottom of the third on a Chris Amezquita two-out home run before scratching another across in the fifth on a Griffin wild pitch. Down to its last out in the ninth inning, the Wave dugout got a huge lift from Yamaguchi's game-tying home run, riding the momentum all the way to victory.
LMU will return to action on Friday when it travels to Saint Mary's for a three-game West Coast Conference series.