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USC Snaps LMU's 10-Game Home Win Streak

Freshman Austin Miller had a two-hit night on Tuesday while also robbing a home run.
Freshman Austin Miller had a two-hit night on Tuesday while also robbing a home run.

March 25, 2014

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU baseball team (15-10) fell 4-2 at the hands of USC (13-10) on Tuesday night at LMU's Page Stadium, snapping the Lions' 10-game win streak at home. The victory for USC also completed a series sweep over the Lions this year.

The Lions managed to outhit USC, 10-7, on Tuesday night, but a three-run third inning for the Trojans proved to be the difference. All three of USC's runs in that inning came with two out, as a single from Garrett Stubbs started a string of four straight hits, including an RBI-single from Kevin Swick and an RBI-triple off the bat of AJ Ramirez. Swick and Stubbs each finished with a pair of hits.

A trio of Lions collected two hits, including Austin Miller, Tanner Donnels and Cole Trezek. Miller scored one of LMU's two runs on the night, reaching on a hit-by-pitch in the fifth before stealing second and eventually coming in to score on a sacrifice fly from Tommy Cheek. The sacrifice fly was Cheek's WCC-best seventh of the season, while the stolen base was Miller's conference-best 16th. Miller, a native of Greeley, Colo., made his biggest splash on Tuesday by leaping at the wall and stealing a home run from Timmy Robinson in the first inning.

Trailing 4-1 headed to the bottom of the sixth, LMU added its final tally in the inning, but the potential was much greater than the result. The Lions loaded the bases with only one out before David Fletcher lofted a sacrifice fly to centerfield to bring home Cassidy Brown who had reached on a walk earlier in the frame. USC lefty Sean Adler, who earned the victory and improved to 2-0 after tossing 1.2 innings and allowing a run on three hits and a walk, got Cheek on the ensuing play, ending the threat and stranding two of LMU's 12 runners left on base.

Freshman Brenton Arriaga got the start and took the loss for LMU, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks over 4.1 innings. The decision moved the left-hander to 1-2 on the year.

LMU will look to rebound after back-to-back losses on Friday when it opens a three-game West Coast Conference series at 6 pm on the road at Gonzaga.

 

 

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