Lions Sweep Season Series over USC
LMU defeated USC 11-10 on Monday and 8-2 on Tuesday.
March 25, 2008
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU (13-11) scored eight runs on ten hits and received a quality pitching effort en route to defeating USC (11-11) by a score of 8-2 on Tuesday at Dedeaux Field on the campus of USC. With the victory, LMU swept the season series against USC.
Senior Andy Beal got the start for the Lions, pitching six and a third innings and allowing just two runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out three batters to improve to 2-2 on the year. Ernie Cho and Nate Keadle teamed to pitch the final two and two-thirds innings, with Cho tossing an inning and two-thirds and allowing two hits. Keadle retired the side in order in the ninth to seal the 8-2 victory. Lion pitching did not allow a walk or hit-by-pitch on the night.
Sophomore Ryan Wheeler paced the Lion offense, finishing 4-for-5 with a double and a RBI. T.J. Bernardy also collected a double in the victory, batting 2-for-3 with a run scored, a walk and a RBI. Senior Michael Glomb extended his hitting streak to eight straight games, knocking in two with a single in the second and a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Glomb finished with two runs scored after also being hit by a pitch in the game. Sophomore Will Dugoni extended his current hitting streak to seven games, finishing 1-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI, while senior A.J. LaMonda has now hit safely in five straight. LaMonda and Angelo Songco each went 1-for-5, with Songco's single running his hit streak to four games.
Catcher Robert Stock led the Trojan offense, batting 3-for-4, while Mike Roskopf finished 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored as the designated hitter. Derek Perren was the only other USC hitter to collect multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Trojan starter Jeff Grijalva lasted three and two-thirds innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks before being tagged with his first loss of the season. Chris McCaffery pitched the next two-thirds of a frame, surrendering two runs on three hits and a walk before giving way to left-hander Danny Beck. Beck was impressive, tossing three scoreless innings and striking out three hitters. Right-hander Brad Boxberger contributed the next scoreless two-thirds of an inning before Daniel Cooper, who got the loss on Monday, allowed an unearned run on two hits. Freshman Chris Mezger made his USC debut, recording the final out of the ninth via strikeout.
LMU got on the board first in the game, scoring two runs in the second to take a 2-0 advantage. Brett Mendoza was hit by a pitch to lead things off before he moved to second on a wild pitch. A groundout pushed Mendoza to third before Glomb singled him home on the ensuing play. Bernardy followed by jumping on a fastball and driving it down the left field line for a RBI double to bring Glomb home from first.
The Lions extended the lead to 5-0 after four innings, with Wheeler singling to set the table in the fourth. Another hit-by-pitch put runners at first and second before Bernardy singled and moved to second on the throw. Unfortunately for the Lions, Wheeler fell rounding third and was tagged out for the second out in the inning. Dugoni took advantage of the opportunity to hit with runners in scoring position, singling home both runners on the very next play. After a failed pickoff attempt pushed Dugoni to third base, LaMonda extended his hitting streak with a RBI-single to centerfield to cap the frame.
LMU led 7-0 headed into the bottom of the fifth after plating two more runs in the top half of the inning. Andy Preston, who had his 11-game hitting streak snapped on Tuesday, walked to start the inning. After stealing second and moving to third on a wild pitch, Preston came home on a Mendoza single two batters later. Wheeler followed with a single of his own to put runners at the corners before Glomb turned-in a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score the seventh Lion run of the game.
USC answered back for a run in the fifth and one in the seventh to cut the lead to 7-2, with Perren doubling and scoring on a Roskopf single in the fifth. Roskopf produced the run all by himself in the seventh, blasting a pitch over the wall in right field to lead off the frame and plate the final Trojan run of the night.
LMU added one more insurance run in the top of the ninth, running the score to 8-2. Preston reached on an error before Joe Vierra replaced him on the base paths. Songco extended his hitting streak with a single to put runners on first and second, while Wheeler came up clutch just one batter later, collecting a two-out RBI-single to score Vierra.
Keadle entered in the ninth inning and induced a popup and two groundouts to seal the LMU victory. The Lions will return to action on Friday as they open West Coast Conference play in Portland, Ore. at 3 p.m.