Lions Fall to San Diego
Josh Whitesell hit his fifth homerun of the season for LMU
March 28, 2003
Los Angeles, Calif. - Loyola Marymount had a pair of baserunners thrown out at the plate and left two more on base in the bottom of the ninth inning in its 7-4 loss to San Diego at Page Stadium, Friday afternoon. The Lions dropped to 16-11 overall, 4-3 in the West Coast Conference, while the Toreros upped their mark to 15-17, 7-3 in the league.
Sean Smith and James Cooper both recorded two hits on the day for LMU, while five Toreros posted multi-hit efforts. The Lions were able to score four runs on seven hits off USD starting pitcher Kyle Collins, but were silenced by Torero relief pitchers Chad Cummings and Tony Perez. The duo held the Lions scoreless over the final three innings, allowing just one hit.
Collins improved to 5-1 on the season, while Perez picked up his fourth save. LMU starting pitcher Vincent Cordova was charged with the loss, allowing five runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings.
The Toreros threatened in the first inning, loading the bases with one out. But Cordova was able to retire Josh Hansen and Zach Dobeck to end the frame.
LMU also loaded the bases with one out in the first inning, but were able to push across a run. After Joe Frazee singled, Jonathan Oller was hit by a pitch and Joshua Whitesell walked to load the bases. Frazee scored on a Jonathan Higashi single, but Oller was thrown out at the plate attempting to score.
USD took the lead with three runs in the top of the second inning. The frame was highlighted by Joey Prast's seventh homerun of the season, a two-run shot to left-centerfield.
The Toreros added to their lead in the third inning as Josh Hansen led off the frame with his second home run of the season.
After Oller walked with one out in the third inning, Whitesell hit his fifth homerun of the season to pull the Lions to within 4-3.
The Lions tied the game in the fourth inning, as Cooper singled with one out. Fellow freshman Chris Pettit followed with a double, moving Cooper to third base, but when Torero leftfielder Josh Hansen's throw skipped away from the USD infield, Cooper raced home.
Following the third inning, Cordova retired eight consecutive Toreros, until Joe Ortega came up with a two-out single in the sixth. After issuing back-to-back walks, Cordova was replaced by LMU relief pitcher Jeff Stevens.
The Toreros added runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to up their advantage to 7-4 and securing the victory.
The Lions will continue their series with USD tomorrow at 1 p.m. The two teams will conclude the series on Sunday at Page Stadium, once again at 1 p.m.