Garcia Guides LMU to 5-3 Victory Over #17 San Diego
Kevin Garcia went 2-for-3 with a homer, two runs scored and two RBI.
March 22, 2014
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Senior Kevin Garcia went 2-for-3 with his first career home run, two runs scored and two RBI as LMU (15-8, 5-0 WCC) defeated #17 San Diego (14-8, 3-2 WCC) by a count of 5-3 to take the road series over the Toreros on Saturday night at Fowler Park. With the victory, LMU has now won 13 of its last 14 games overall. Saturday's victory over the Toreros also ensured LMU's fourth straight series win over USD.
Garcia had his hand in each of LMU's first three runs, driving in the game's first run with an RBI-single in the second inning before reaching on a hit-by-pitch and scoring in the fifth to make it 2-1 LMU. The native of Calexico, Calif. ran the Lion lead to 3-1 in the seventh, belting the homer over the wall in left field. His single in the second brought home Tanner Donnels, who had reached with a leadoff walk, while he came in to score on an RBI-single from Cole Trezek in the fifth. Trezek finished the game 2-for-3.
Leading 3-1 headed into the eighth, LMU tacked on a pair of crucial insurance runs, highlighted by an Austin Miller RBI-single back up the middle and an RBI-sacrifice bunt from Tommy Cheek with runners at the corners and only one out.
The Toreros made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth, scoring a pair of runs on a home run off the bat of Andrew Daniel. Connor Joe reached on an infield single to start the inning, setting the table for Daniels' homer to cut the deficit to just two runs. Down to its last out, USD managed to bring the tying run to the plate when Austin Daniel singled up the middle, but Bret Dahlson induced a ground ball toward the backhand of David Edwards at second base on the ensuing play, who promptly tossed to second for the final out of the game.
Senior Patrick McGrath earned the victory after tossing 6.0 innings and allowing one run on three hits and one walk while striking out two. The decision moved McGrath to 3-0 on the year. Carlos Fuentes took the ball and tossed a scoreless seventh, while Dahlson finished the final two frames while striking out one.
For the second straight night, LMU tagged a USD starter for his first loss of the year, posting four runs on four hits and one walk over 7.1 innings against Troy Conyers, moving him to 3-1 on the season.
LMU will look for the sweep of the Toreros on Sunday at 1 pm.
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