Megill Impressive in 6-1 Victory over Saint Mary's
Trevor Megill tossed seven innings and did not allow an earned run.
March 23, 2013
MORAGA, Calif. -
Sophomore Trevor Megill did not allow an earned run over seven innings of work on Saturday as LMU (10-12, 3-2 WCC) earned a 6-1 victory over host Saint Mary's (6-17, 0-2 WCC) as part of a three-game WCC series being played at Louis Guisto Field over the weekend. Megill, who improved to 2-2 with the victory, needed just 75 pitches to get through the seven innings, allowing three hits and striking out three.
Megill faced the minimum through six frames, inducing an inning-ending double play after allowing a hit in the third inning before Colton Plaia threw out a runner trying to steal following a two-out single in the fourth. LMU used a trio of relievers on Saturday, beginning with senior Matt Florer. Florer allowed a pair of hits before handing the ball over to Bret Dahlson. The right-hander got the first two outs of the seventh and passed the torch to sophomore lefty Brandon Horth. Horth dealt the final 1.1 perfect innings, striking out a pair to earn his first save of the year.
Seniors Matt Lowenstein, Cullen Mahoney and Colton Plaia all collected a pair of hits in the victory, with Mahoney and Plaia scoring twice. Lowenstein notched his fifth triple of the year, while Plaia managed a RBI-double in the three-run ninth inning to put the game out of reach. Sophomore Tanner Donnels recorded a pair of RBI to push the Lions to victory.
Left-hander Jordan Mills got the start and took the loss for Saint Mary's, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks over six innings of work. The decision dropped Mills to 1-3 on the year.
LMU got on the board first in the third inning, plating a pair of runs and capitalizing on a Saint Mary's error. Mahoney got aboard with a single to right field to start the inning before Plaia reached on a fielder's choice and an error that allowed Mahoney to slide safely into second base. One of LMU's five sacrifice bunts on the day moved the runners up 90 feet before a wild pitch and a Tommy Cheek RBI-groundout put the Lions on the board.
The two teams traded a run in the seventh inning as Donnels drew a bases-loaded walk to force in a run for LMU, while an error charged to Cole Trezek came back to bite LMU when Anthony Villa traded an out for a run with a RBI-groundout to shortstop in the home-half of the inning.
The Lions added three insurance runs in the top of the ninth, turning a 3-1 lead into a 6-1 advantage. Plaia posted his RBI-double to bring home Lowenstein before a sacrifice fly from Donnels and a well-executed suicide squeeze from Brice Savage pushed the final two runs of the game across.
LMU will look for a sweep of Saint Mary's tomorrow at 1 p.m.
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