Home Runs Highlight Offensive Victory
LMU belted a pair of homers in a 10-7 victory over CSU Bakersfield
Trailing 7-5 headed to the bottom of the sixth, LMU (15-10) used a grand slam from Phil Caulfield to claim a lead it would not relinquish en route to capturing a 10-7 victory over CSU Bakersfield (11-9) on Wednesday night from Page Stadium.
In addition to the homer from Caulfield, LMU also received a two-run shot from freshman Trevin Esquerra to tie the game at 2-2 in the second. Esquerra finished the game 1-for-3 with two runs scored and the two RBI, while Caulfield scored twice and finished with four RBI. Caulfield’s grand slam, his second homer of the season, was the second of the year for LMU, matching the feat previously accomplished by Brandon Shearer at San Francisco on March 17.
Niko Decolati and Joe Murray each finished with multiple hits, as Decolati went 3-for-5 with a run scored, a double and one RBI. Murray, who made the start in left field, went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a double and two RBI.
Kyle Dozier got the start for LMU and tossed the first 3.0 innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits with three strikeouts. Harrison Simon ultimately earned the victory and moved to 1-1 after tossing 1.1 scoreless innings and benefitting from Caulfield’s blast. Niko Decolati threw the final 2.0 scoreless frames, walking one while striking out three to secure his second save of the year.
CSUB starter Andrew Hansen was hit hard in a no-decision, surrendering five runs on six hits over 3.0 innings. Kenny Johnson, who was first out of the bullpen, was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs on two walks and two hits, including Caulfield’s grand slam that ended his night. The right-hander fell to 0-2 with the decision.
The Roadrunner offense also did some damage on Wednesday night, scoring seven runs on nine hits of their own, including four doubles. Mark Pena led the way with a 3-for-5 night that featured a run scored, two doubles and three RBI.
The game proved to be a bit of a seesaw battle, as CSUB scored twice in the second only to have LMU tie the game on the Esquerra blast. Two more Roadrunner runs came across in the third, but LMU answered with three in the home-half of the inning to lead 5-4 headed to the fourth. CSU Bakersfield evened the tally at 5-5 in the fifth, and tacked on two more in the sixth to take the 7-5 lead into the sixth, but Caulfield’s blast gave LMU the lead before the Lions added one more insurance run in the seventh after taking advantage of a pair of CSUB errors.
LMU will look to extend its win streak to five games on Friday when it opens a three-game West Coast Conference home series with Pacific at 6 p.m.
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