Lions Take Two of Three Over Gonzaga
LMU scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to improve to 7-2 in the WCC this year and remain in first place.
March 29, 2004
Los Angeles, CA (Mar. 28) - The Loyola Marymount Lions baseball team defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs 8-6 Sunday afternoon at Page Stadium. The Lions got a two run single from shortstop Billy Lockin to break a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning to take the rubber game of the series.
LMU (16-11-1, 7-2 WCC) got out to a 6-2 lead over the Gonzaga Bulldogs (9-16, 3-3 WCC) in the deciding game of a crucial three game WCC series. The Lions jumped out to an early one nothing lead when Lockin led off the game by lining a single off of Bulldogs starter Matt Reding. After getting over to third base on a throwing error and a fly out he scored on a solid single to left by Kyle Mura.
The Zags answered back with two runs of their own in the top of the third inning to make the score 2-1. That lead was short lived however, as the Lions struck for two runs to regain the lead in the bottom of the inning. James Cooper led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch. He scored to tie the game at two when the next batter Mura doubled to deep right centerfield. Mura would wind up going 3-for-5 with two RBI. He scored the go ahead run in the third when he was balked home, making the score 3-2 in favor of the Lions.
The game would stay that way until there were two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Clint McGill got a two out rally started by doubling off the wall in left. Jonathan Higashi would be intentionally walked in front of Joe Frazee. Frazee would make the Bulldogs pay by doubling home McGill and Higashi home to make the score 5-2. Chris Pettit came up next and hit a shot down the third base line that was ruled a three base error and the game was now 6-2.
Lion starter Jeff Stevens, making his first start in eight days, was cruising along until the eighth inning when the Bulldogs scored four times to tie up the game at six all. An RBI triple by David Johnson and a RBI single by Matt Reding got the Zags to within two runs. The big blow of the inning was a game tying two run double to right centerfield by Mike Rundle. Gabriel Bueno (4-1) came on to strike out Chris Sinner to end the inning and keep the game tied up.
In the bottom of the eighth the Lions got Higashi and Frazee aboard at second and third with no outs. With one out, Jonathan Oller was intentionally walked to load the bases. After a lineout to shortstop by Brady Koch, Lockin would come to the plate and deliver the deciding blow of the game. Lockin's single up the middle scored Higashi and Frazee to give LMU an 8-6 lead.
That's how the game would end as the Lions used four pitchers in the ninth to preserve the win. Blake Feaser, Daniel Macias, Jackson Creighton, and Kevin Jenson combined to get the final three outs of the game. With two outs and the tying runners on base, Jenson notched his second save of the year by getting Matt Reding to fly out to Anthony Soto who made a nice running catch in deep left field to end the game.
The win moved LMU two and half games ahead of the Bulldogs and the St. Mary's Gaels in the WCC Coast division race. The Lions will now await the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos who come to town for a game Tuesday afternoon at 2pm (PST). The game can be heard on the Lions' Audio Network www.LmuLions.com.
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