Shearer Launches Grand Slam, Lions Hold Off Dons in Ninth
Brandon Shearer belted his first career homer, a grand slam, in the third inning.
Sophomore Brandon Shearer highlighted a five-run third inning for the Lions, launching his first career homer, a grand slam, to right field, and Codie Paiva induced a pop fly with the bases loaded to end the game as LMU (10-8, 1-0 WCC) held on to beat San Francisco (10-8, 0-1 WCC), 6-5, to open a three-game West Coast Conference series on Friday afternoon.
Shearer finished the game 2-for-5 with the four RBI. The Lions trailed 1-0 headed into the third inning after surrendering a run in the second, but an RBI-single from Steven Chavez tied the game before Shearer unloaded the bases with the homer that cleared the 35-foot-high line on the netting in right field for a grand slam.
Chavez also finished the game 2-for-5, adding a ninth-inning double to his RBI-single.
Senior right-hander Blake Redman got the victory after tossing 6.0 innings and allowing four runs on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts. The victory moved Redman to 2-3 on the year. Paiva, who entered in the seventh inning, tossed the final 3.0 frames, allowing one run on four hits and one walk to earn his first career save.
With the Lions leading 6-5 headed into the ninth inning, Paiva got the first two men without incident, but an Allen Smoot single kept the game alive in front of a single from Ross Puskarich. A walk to Dominic Miroglio followed, loading the bases for Manny Ramirez, Jr., but the right-handed hitter popped up to third base where Shearer handled the chance to end the game and seal the victory.
Miroglio had previously cut the Lion lead to one run in the seventh when he connected for a two-out two-RBI triple to left field. Smoot finished the contest 3-for-5, joining Puskarich with three hits. Brady Bate made the most of his two hits, finishing with a pair of doubles, a run scored and a RBI.
Right-hander Grant Goodman got the start and took the loss for USF, allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks over 5.1 innings. Benji Post threw the final 3.2 scoreless to keep the Dons in the game, but LMU rode the early run support to victory.
LMU, which has now won six straight at USF, will look to secure a series victory tomorrow when it sends LHP Brenton Arriaga to the mound against RHP Daniel Slominski at 3 p.m.
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