Fifth Game in Five Days Too Much for Lions
Despite strong offensive effort from Higashi and Lockin, LMU can't recover from early USC lead.
March 23, 2004
Los Angeles, Calif. - Playing its fifth game in as many days, Loyola Marymount baseball fell 10-1 to the University of Southern California Tuesday night at Dedeaux Field. Seniors Jonathan Higashi and Billy Lockin combined for three doubles, but it was not enough to overcome USC's five runs in the first two innings.
Lockin led things off for the Lions (14-10-1, 5-1 WCC) in the first, reaching first base on a hard-hit ball to shortstop that was ruled an error. James Cooper followed with the sacrifice to move Lockin to second. The game saw its first play at the plate early, when Clint McGill singled to third and Lockin looked to score on the throw to first. But the throw from USC first baseman Joey Metropolis reached home in time, and the Lions took the field for the bottom of the first.
USC (10-13) posted two in the first on a homerun by catcher Jeff Clement off of LMU starter Jackson Creighton. Creighton rebounded, notching his first strikeout of the night two batters later. Sophomore Chris Pettit helped Creighton out of the inning, making a tough warning-track catch in left for out number three.
The Trojans added three in the second when Michael Moon, Blake Sharpe, and Jeff Clement each hit in a run for the 5-0 advantage.
Freshman Daniel Macias, who entered the game in the bottom of the third to pitch for Creighton, allowed two runs on two hits in the fifth, but came back to strikeout two Trojans to get the Lions out of the inning.
After Higashi's second double of the game came in the top of the sixth, junior Joe Frazee took advantage of the baserunner, hitting a one-out shot over the head of the leftfielder to score Higashi.
Macias then led the Lions to a three up, three down inning featuring his third strikeout of the night in the bottom of the sixth, holding the Trojans to the 7-1 lead.
Freshman Blake Feaser relieved Macias in the seventh and struckout USC's Baron Sharpe to end the inning, but not before allowing three runs on two hits. Ezequiel Ruvalcaba followed Feaser in the eighth with his LMU pitching debut and did not surrender a hit, but the Trojans held on for the 10-1 victory.
Josh Rummonds (2-1) picked up the win on the mound for the Trojans, after 5.1 innings of work. Creighton (0-2) took his second loss of the season.
The Lions were led by Higashi and Lockin at the plate, who combined for the 3-for-5 effort with three doubles.
LMU will get just two days of much needed rest before taking on its second West Coast Conference opponent in Gonzaga, as the Zags visit Page Stadium for the three-game series this weekend. Friday's first pitch is slated for 2:00 p.m.