Griffin Complete Game Not Enough at Saint Mary's, Lions Fall 2-0
Senior Aaron Griffin tossed his fourth career complete game in a losing effort.
March 24, 2013
MORAGA, Calif. -
Senior Aaron Griffin tossed his fourth career complete game, and first of the season, in a losing effort on Sunday as the Lions could not figure out Saint Mary's left-hander Ryan Brockett. The Lions (10-13, 3-3 WCC) fell by a score of 2-0 to the Gaels (7-17, 1-2 WCC) at SMC's Louis Guisto Field.
Griffin was fantastic on Sunday in the loss, tossing eight innings and allowing just two runs (one earned) on four hits and no walks while striking out five hitters. The right-hander needed 92 pitches to complete the eight frames. The fourth inning proved to be deciding frame as Saint Mary's scored the only runs of the game in the home half of the fourth. Brenden Kalfus, who finished 2-for-3, scored the first run of the game when Anthony Villa posted a RBI-double that scored Kalfus from first base as he ran through the stop sign at third. Sophomore David Edwards committed a costly error on the ensuing play, allowing a one-hopper to get through him and into left-centerfield, sending Villa around third and in to score.
Sophomores Tanner Donnels and Chris Barnett were the only hitters to be able to secure a hit against Brockett, with each posting a single. The Gaels played tremendous defense throughout the game, including a number of dazzling plays from shortstop Ricky Boas and centerfielder DonAndre Clark. Brockett finished the game having tossed seven scoreless frames and allowing just the two hits and four walks while striking out five. With the victory, Brockett improved to 2-3 on the year. Senior right-hander Patrick Keane tossed the final two perfect innings, striking out one hitter, to record his third save of the season.
LMU will return to action on Tuesday when it travels to Cal State Fullerton for a game at 6 p.m.