Lions Hold Off Long Beach State for 4-3 Victory
LMU led 4-3 after three innings and held on for the victory.
March 18, 2014
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU baseball team (13-8) jumped out to an early 4-3 lead after three innings and escaped a few jams down the stretch, including a pair of bases loaded predicaments, to hold on and defeat Long Beach State (10-9) by the same score on Tuesday night at LMU's Page Stadium. With the victory, LMU has now won 11 of its last 12 games, including 10 straight at home.
Left-hander Brenton Arriaga got the start and took a no decision after tossing four innings and allowing three runs on six hits and three walks. He left the game in the fifth inning with two on and nobody out, handing the ball over to freshman Tim Peabody. The right-hander saw an error committed behind him to load the bases, but managed to hang on to the one-run lead by striking out the next three hitters. For his efforts, Peabody was credited with the victory and improved to 3-0.
The Lions also wiggled out of danger unscathed in the ninth inning as Long Beach State loaded the bases with one out against right-hander Carlos Fuentes. With the tying run just 90 feet away, Fuentes induced a game-ending 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Richard Prigatano to record his first save of the year. LMU's bullpen, consisting of Peabody, Michael Silva, Brandon Horth and Fuentes on Tuesday night, combined to toss five scoreless frames, allowing just three hits.
Junior Tanner Donnels had an outstanding day at the plate on Tuesday night, coming up with a pair of clutch hits for the Lions. The native of Coto de Caza, Calif. got the Lions on the board with his first homer of the year in the second inning, lining a two-run shot over the wall in right field to answer the bell after Long Beach put three up in the top of the first, highlighted by a two-run homer of its own from Ino Patron. Donnels again came up big in the third, lacing a two-out double down the right field line to bring home Tommy Cheek and tie the game, before eventually coming around to score the game-winner on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch taken by Jimmy Jack later in the inning. Donnels finished the game 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three of LMU's four RBI, while Jack was 2-for-2 with the RBI.
LMU will look to stay hot this weekend when it travels to #17 San Diego for a three-game WCC series starting on Friday at 6 pm.