Bate’s Walk-Off Grand Slam Evens Series
Brady Bate hit a walk-off grand slam to break a scoreless game in the ninth.
A walk-off grand slam from Brady Bate in the bottom of the ninth inning put an end to a pitcher’s duel on Saturday afternoon, as San Francisco (11-8, 1-1 WCC) earned a 4-0 victory over LMU (10-9, 1-1 WCC) to even a three-game West Coast Conference series from Benedetti Diamond in San Francisco.
The hit was Bate’s lone of the game, and he hit it following a pair of intentional walks that left the bases loaded in the ninth. Reliever Ted Boeke, who inherited two runners in the ninth from Harrison Simon, surrendered the long ball after intentionally walking pinch hitter Dan James. Simon was ultimately charged with the loss, dropping to 0-1 on the year.
USF righty Daniel Slominski was dominant in the win, tossing 8.2 scoreless innings while allowing just three Lion hits and two walks with eight strikeouts. Scott Parker took over on the mound with two out in the ninth, recording the third out to put himself in line for the win to improve to 1-0.
Left-hander Brenton Arriaga was stellar again for the Lions, tossing 6.1 scoreless innings and allowing five hits and one walk with five strikeouts. Braydon Salzman also impressed, striking out three over 1.2 innings of relief to keep the game scoreless headed into the ninth.
San Francisco had previously stranded six runners, including four in scoring position, over the first eight frames.
With the one swing of the bat, Bate handed LMU its first walk-off loss since March 11, 2016 at Nebraska, which also happened to be a walk-off homer (Steven Reveles). The grand slam was the first allowed by LMU since Kris Bryant launched a grand slam in the second inning on May 13, 2012 in San Diego.
The shutout was the first suffered by LMU this year, and marked the first since May 14, 2016 vs. Gonzaga.
The Lions will look to win the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. when they send right-hander Cory Abbott to the hill in the rubber game of the series.
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