Lions Drop Second Straight to USD
A three-run eighth inning hands the Toreros the victory.
March 29, 2003
Los Angeles, Calif. - Loyola Marymount dropped its second straight game to San Diego at Page Stadium, 4-1, Saturday afternoon. The Lions fell to 16-12 overall, 4-4 in the West Coast Conference, while the Toreros raised their mark to 16-17, 8-3 in the loop.
USD took its first lead of the game with three runs off LMU relief pitcher Stephen Kahn in the top of the eighth inning. Kahn (3-1) surrendered four hits, while also issuing a walk, losing his first collegiate game. The frame was highlighted by a Jamie Hesselgesser RBI triple and a RBI double from Joey Prast.
Torero starting pitcher Aaron Wilson was solid upping his record to 3-3 on the year. The junior did not allow an earned run, scattering seven hits, while striking out seven and walking just two. Wilson retired nine of 10 Lions before LMU freshman James Cooper tripled down the rightfield line with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning.
USD closer Tony Perez replaced Wilson, after he walked LMU's Chris Pettit. Perez earned his fifth save of the season and second in as many days, getting Billy Lockin to ground into a game-ending double play.
The Lions struck first with a run in the bottom of the third inning, aided by some Torero miscues. With Lockin and Joe Frazee on base, following a pair of USD fielding errors, LMU catcher Jonathan Higashi shot a single through the left side of the infield to plate Lockin. Wilson was able to record to the final two outs of the inning to minimize the damage.
LMU starting pitcher Kyle Huddy held the Toreros scoreless until the fifth inning, allowing just three hits through four. After walking Ben Quinto to lead off the fifth, Huddy surrendered a double to Perez off the Mikos Blue Monster. But the Toreros managed just one run, on a Freddy Sandoval sacrifice fly ball.
Huddy did not figure into the decision, leaving the game tied at one. Huddy lasted 6.2 innings, allowing just one run on five hits, while striking out five. But for his second consecutive start, Huddy did walk six.
LMU threatened in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases. Higashi and Joshua Whitesell led off the frame with back-to-back singles. But after Jonathan Oller drew a one-out intentional walk, Wilson was able to induce a pair of fly ball outs to escape the frame. Higashi and Whitesell both had two hits on the day.
The Lions will conclude their series with USD tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. LMU will send senior Justin Abreu to the mound, who has won his last two starts following Lion two-game losing streaks.