Welmon Shuts Down Nevada Over Seven, Lions Earn 7-1 Victory
Freshman Colin Welmon shut out Nevada over seven innings to stretch his streak to 23 straight scoreless frames.
March 23, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Freshman Colin Welmon was masterful once again on Friday, dealing seven scoreless innings and allowing just four hits and no walks while striking out five to guide LMU (8-10) to a 7-1 victory over Nevada (10-10) in game one of a three-game series being played at Nevada's Peccole Park. Welmon has now thrown 23 straight scoreless innings dating back to his start at UC Santa Barbara on March 2. He has tossed seven scoreless frames in each of his last three starts, improving to 3-1 with Friday's victory.
Welmon's ERA now sits at a stingy 2.33, while his WHIP is 0.96. With no walks issued on Friday, the native of Tustin, Calif. averages 0.70 walks per nine innings. After Welmon tossed the first seven innings, Ryan Hawthorne pitched a scoreless eighth, allowing one hit and a walk, but keeping Nevada off the board. Freshman left-hander Brandon Horth surrendered the run in the ninth on three hits, but managed to fill up the zone with 17 strikes on 20 pitches en route to closing the door on the Wolf Pack.
Four Lion hitters finished with a pair of hits, including Nick Devian and Matt Lowenstein with two hits and two RBI apiece. Lowenstein connected on a two-RBI triple in the eighth inning, the first triple of the year for LMU. Devian, along with freshman Kyle Raubinger and senior Shon Roe, also scored twice. With a ninth-inning double, Cullen Mahoney extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He has now reached base safely in all 18 games this year.
Brooks Klein was the lone Nevada hitter with multiple hits, finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored and a double. Ryan Teel, who entered as a defensive replacement, made the most of his one at bat, connecting on a two-out single up the middle in the ninth to plate Klein and break up the shutout bid.
Braden Shipley took the ball on Friday for Nevada, tossing 5.1 innings and allowing three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out five. LMU did well to make the right-hander, who entered with a 4-1 record, work, forcing him to throw 104 pitches over the 5.1 innings. With the loss, Shipley fell to 4-2. LMU would score four more unearned runs off of Wolf Pack relievers as Nevada committed three errors on the day.
After playing scoreless for four innings, LMU broke through with a pair of runs in the fifth and sixth to take a 4-0 lead. Roe managed to be the first Lion to reach as a leadoff on Friday, setting the table for a sacrifice bunt from Colton Plaia. After falling behind 1-2, Devian delivered a base hit through the hole with Roe on the move, allowing the speedy shortstop to turn third and scamper home without a throw. A walk to Lowenstein followed to put runners at first and second, preceding a Joey Boney RBI-single into shallow left centerfield to cap the inning.
Two-out hitting was the name of the game in the sixth, as a Roe two-out single with a man aboard left runners at first and second for Plaia. The junior backstop, who was hitting .500 over his last five games, continued his hot streak, singling back up the middle to plate Raubinger. The relay throw came in to third in an attempt to cut down Roe, but the throw skipped away and into the dugout, allowing a second runner to come home on the play.
The Lions finished their scoring in the eighth, plating three more runs on three hits and an error, highlighted by a two-out two-RBI triple from Lowenstein. LMU got the leadoff man aboard once again in the eighth when Raubinger singled through the right side and moved to second on a throwing error that allowed Alex Guthrie to reach on a sacrifice bunt attempt. A sacrifice bunt and a strikeout left runners at second and third with two out before Devian sent a one-hopper off the glove of Teel at third base for a RBI-single. A preseason All-WCC selection, Lowenstein fell behind in the count 0-2 in the ensuing at bat, but rallied to crush a ball off the wall in right centerfield on the next pitch for the triple, busting the game wide open at 7-0.
Nevada managed to avoid the shutout in the ninth on the Teel single back up the middle, plating Klein who had doubled with one out earlier in the inning.
The two teams will continue the three-game series tomorrow with a game at 1 p.m.